Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vlog #15: Kicking Off the Summer with the Nissan Rogue

Yay for summer vacation! Now that I'm off of work, I was ready to just chill, but I became a full-time mommy taxi for the family! The first days of summer we hung out at grandma's pool (twice), window shopped and played at the newly renovated Westfield UTC mall, celebrated Fathers Day at our favorite eateries, sent Jelo off to theater summer camp, and of course, the everyday activities like grocery shopping and church.

Thanks to Mossy Nissan in San Diego, we spent the first few days of our summer vacation cruising around sunny San Diego in a new 2018 Nissan Rogue. Scroll down for our favorite features of the Nissan Rogue.

Driving around with kids can make a mommy driver very distracted, which often times I am. The safety features of the Nissan Rogue is what really stood out for me:
  • Drive Assist Display - Center console has a 7 inch display which as lots of features, but what I liked the most was the front and rear facing camera that helps with parking and backing up. There are several views the camera shows. The camera displays the sides, front and back, as well as an amazing overhead view that shows the car as if there was a camera above. It was so helpful in getting into and out of tight parking spaces, as well as navigating through tight parking lots especially during pick-up time at summer camp. 
  • Android Auto - Because we've a techie family, this feature was a plus for us. My 9 year-old was excited to sync all our phones to the Android Auto system. Once synced, from the center console you can check emails, texts and make/receive phone calls from your phone. Also, you can set navigation on your phone, then turn by turn prompts will be played on the car's speakers. Hands-free during on the Nissan Rogue was definitely a plus!
  • Blind-Spot Warning - I remember driving school and always being reminded to "check our blind spot" by looking over my shoulders. With the Nissan Rogue, there was orange light indicators near each rear view mirror that lights up if there is a car in the blind spot. For me, this safety feature is very helpful when I'm distracted by one kid asking me a million questions a minute, and the other whining about being hungry, all the while I'm trying to navigate through rush hour, freeway traffic on the way to basketball practice. Thank goodness for this little orange, blind-spot warning lights!
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Cruise Control - Another safety feature is the VDC that works with the cruise control. Once it's set, the Nissan Rogue's speed is set like cruise control, but also allows you to set a safety feature of keeping one, two, or three cars distance from the car in front of you. The Nissan Rogue will automatically brake when the car in-front of you gets too close. Also, the VDC has lane senors to help keep the vehicle in it's lane. The senors "read" the painted lines on the road and keeps the vehicle safely in the center when in cruise control. Although it feels a bit like it, it's not self-driving, you have to keep your hands on the steering wheel. If you veer to the left or right when not on cruise control, crossing a lane inadvertently, the car will beep and lights will flicker on the center console to warn the driver. 
Thank you to Mossy Nissan for sharing the Nissan Rogue with us for a few days. Visit them at Interested in the Nissan Rogue, visit Mossy Nissan Kearny Mesa and ask for Tyler!

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


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Vlog #14: Bend and Twist with Yoga Frog

It's been a busy last few weeks. With end of the school year festivities at my work, as well as my boys' schools, to say we were busy is an understatement. I was able to squeeze in a trip to Las Vegas with my girlfriends though! That's for another vlog!

Today's vlog I wanted to share a fun surprise we got in the mail! My boys couldn't wait to open up the package and play with our new yogi friend Yoga Frog! DJ has been reviewing the yoga moves he's learned at school at Yoga Frog. Check out our vlog on this fun book and accompanying twisty, bendy friend, Yoga Frog.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Yoga Frog in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine. 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Vlog #13: #PassThePizza with Papa John's for #TeacherAppreciationWeek

Who doesn't love a pizza party? Thanks to Papa John's and their #PassThePizza campaign to treating the entire staff at Sweetwater High to a pizza party! Check out the highlights on this week's vlog!


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story for the Fanboys

I'm not much of a Star Wars fan so I sent hubby with the assignment to cover the press screening for Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here is his review in all it's Star Wars geekiness glory! 

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second standalone movie to be released by Disney and Lucasfilm. Following the success of Rogue One, Solo features Alden Ehrenrich in the titular role of young Han Solo. We see the growth of the scoundrel we know and love. The scruffy nerf herder who did the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, who helped save the galaxy and won the heart of a princess.

I'm a hardcore fan of Star Wars. But I was worried since the rumors that Ehrenrich needed an acting coach to come across as a dashing young Harrison Ford. The original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller left due to creative differences. Rumors that extensive reshoots were needed.

Help us Opie, you are our only hope...
But Ehrenich was surrounded by what I felt was great casting. Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Paul Bettany rounded out the cast. Oscar award winning Ron Howard was brought in the pick up the pieces. Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm, they have, in my honest opinion, hit home runs on their theatrical releases.  I had faith. I would be one with the force, the force is with me.

Except I really didn't love this movie, and this is pretty much the bantha fodder of the Star Wars movies. I'd honestly put this below the prequels and above the made for TV Ewok movies. I don't know if anything will be worse than the Star Wars Holiday special.

Anybody else remembers the two Ewok adventure movies?

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian
I really tried to look for the good in this movie. I was able to find some good in the prequels, so there should be some diamond in the rough to find. John Williams music? The character design of the many alien species? Well, it's not coming from anything the character of Han Solo does by himself. Gone is the cocky smart-mouthed, devil-may-care pilot. Rather his best scenes are his interactions with the other characters. Mainly Chewbacca and Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian.

Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra
There is no real chemistry between Ehrenich's Solo and Emilia Clarke's Qi'ra. Heck, even the backstory and Han's love of the Millenium Falcon is more believable than anything between Solo and Qi'ra. I'm sure Ehrenich is a competent actor, but he didn't pull off Han Solo's charisma. It didn't work for me. I was really falling asleep, in a Star Wars movie. In order to keep myself awake during the lulls in the action, I started to think of other actors who would have at least chewed the scenery in a desperate attempt to make it work.

This then leads me to question some of the choices in the storytelling. Leaving me scratching my head. Any Star Wars fan knows about the famed Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs, but wasn't he running spice and not a Fast and Furious escape from impending doom? Does everything have to be tied to the rebellion? What really pulled me out is the soap opera-like return from the dead of a well-known antagonist. Yes, I knew of his return in the Clone war cartoon series but would fans who watched just the movies know? The only thing satisfying was yes Han shot first.

Would I recommend watching Solo?  Of course yes, but it's not an imperative. I may be biased because there's no Jedi or use of the force. But really I think its the poor acting and poor use of the other leads. That hurts for me to say as I was a big fan of watching Star Wars movies on opening night for midnight showings. But I just can't say the same for Solo. I think the producers gave into the fanboys that didn't like Episode VIII The Last Jedi which I LOVED. I'm hoping this is more of a sophomore slump, being this is the second stand-alone feature. Here's to hoping rumors hold true and the third stand-alone movie features Ewan McGregor reprising his role as Obi-wan Kenobi. A fanboy can only hope.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters May 25th.

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


Friday, May 11, 2018

Vlog #12: #CollegeSigningDay 2018 with SUHi Counseling

It's our 2nd annual College Signing Day at SUHi Counseling! It was a beautiful day to celebrate our seniors' post-secondary plans.   

Check out the festivities in my latest vlog!

What is College Signing Day? Michelle Obama will school you here!


Friday, May 4, 2018

Winter Wonderland beyond All Imagination at Disney On Ice San Diego

Enter the fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen. The heartwarming Academy Award®-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating.

Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

And enter a winter wonderland we did for the opening night of Frozen!!

D'melia sporting Frozen gear from head to toe!

D'melia LOVES Disney on Ice so when we heard that Frozen was coming to town, we were SO excited. She picked out a Frozen outfit from head to toe and we jammed to songs like "Let it Go" along the way. When we got to the Valley View Casino Center, little Anna's and Elsa's were running around everywhere and the excitement was palpable.

While you waited, there were several vendors walking around selling Frozen inspired treats such as snow cones in Olaf, Anna, and Elsa cups, Cotton Candy with an Olaf Hat, Popcorn, and other goodies. They also had toy vendors selling flashing ice wands and Frozen toys along with other popular Disney characters. D'melia decided she wanted to "eat Olaf's brain" so we enjoyed a snow cone while we anxiously waited for the show to begin.

The show did not disappoint. Disney is always great at putting on an entertaining show, but the attention to detail in costumes and setting really blew me away. They managed to find a way to have characters like Sven, the Trolls, and the Giant Snow Monster come out. It really was like watching the movie come to life.

If you have a Frozen lover, this show will be a magical experience for them so don't miss out. Disney on Ice Present Frozen will only be in town for a very limited time.

WHEN: Thursday, May 3 – Sunday, May 6, 2018
Thursday, May 3 7:00 PM
Friday, May 4 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 5 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 6 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

WHERE: Valley View Casino Center – 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
TICKETS: Ticket prices start at just $15 each!
Discount Opening Night tickets available for only $12 (not valid for premium seating levels)

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.
*tickets prices are subject to change; additional venue/ticketing fees may apply

-Guest Post by D'leina and toddler ambassador D'melia

Disclaimer: We received complimentary tickets to Disney on Ice in exchange for this blog post and social media shares. All opinions are mine.


Vlog #11: The Caves of La Jolla

It's always a beautiful day in San Diego! Here's another adventure with the Garcia Bros. TOday we checked out the Sunny Jim Cave in La Jolla.


Friday, April 27, 2018

Pup Pup Boogie with Paw Patrol

Guest Post by Mommy D'leina

As Garcia Bros start to get a little older, D’melia has been fortune enough to attend many events on behalf of Garcia Memories. Lucky us!!

Our latest experience was at Paw Patrol Live! “Insert catchy theme song here: Paw Patrol, Paw Patrol, be there on the double!”. If you have a toddler/preschool aged child, you most likely have seen these pups and their rescue missions more than you'd like to admit to yourself. D'melia goes through stages where she will binge watch a certain show over and over again, so there was a few weeks there where Paw Patrol was on repeat. Needless to say, I wasn't jumping for joy about seeing them live, but I knew she would love it so off we went.

Ready for the Show!
Paw Patrol Live surpassed my expectations! I was expecting a draining experience of trying to keep D'melia quiet and paying attention. I was pleasantly surprised by how fun the show was. Although the attention span of a 3-year old is very limited, the live action show was full of just the right amount of music, characters, lights, and fun to keep her mesmerized the entire time! We got to see Ryder and all the pups: Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rocky, Rubble, Everest and even saw Chickaletta!

D’melia enjoyed cheering on the pups with the pom poms that were gifted to everyone. She got especially excited when Skye, her favorite pup, came out. And she got into the music and danced the “Pup Pup Boogie”. The 15 min intermission was at the exact right time for a quick potty break and then to get right back into the action.

Mesmerized 😍

Paw Patrol Live is perfect for ages 2-6. Although Dancing DJ did admit that he had fun!

Paw Patrol Live is leaving San Diego but you can always catch up with Ryder and the pups weekdays on Nickelodeon. But if it ends up on repeat, don't blame me 😉

Visit to catch a show near you!

Thanks to San Diego Mom's Blog for the tickets!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Marvel Movie Magic Strikes Again #InfinityWar #Marvel

Guest post by Hubby Garcia

10 years. It’s been 10 years since the first Marvel cinematic universe movie was released (Sorry Howard the Duck) Kicking off with Iron Man, the universe expanded. Hit after hit it seemed Marvel could do no wrong. There were some growing pains (Fox owning movie rights to Fantastic Four and X-men, Sony laying claim to Spider-man) There were some pleasant surprises. (Did anyone really see Guardians of the Galaxy becoming the hit it is?) and questions, such as if Marvel would have the same success under Disney as it did when they produced their own movies.

I was concerned how Avengers Infinity War would play out. For me personally, the last ensemble movie, Avengers Age of Ultron was a miss. Now with Infinity War, Superheroes such as Dr. Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy would be mixed in together with the core Avengers.

As a comic book fan growing up it was hard to keep the storylines straight. Having to collect certain issues to complete the whole story. I was worried that be the case in a movie that features over 20 heroes. Would there be enough screen time for all of them?

It’s artful storytelling. Picking up from the end of Thor Ragnarok, Stakes are established from the get-go. Even further expansion with additional planets and characters (the always great Peter Dinklage) And unlike other superhero movies (looking at your DC), the writers took the time to flesh out Thanos, the villain. Even though he was established in previous movies (Mostly in the end credit scenes) His backstory was filled out and even though weak, there was a purpose to his cause.

Also, the characters played off each other really well. Stark and Strange, Thor and Star-Lord, Hulk and Banner.

All of it felt natural. To the extent that I really missed seeing the X-men and *gasp* the Fantastic Four in this movie. Two franchises that would have played in this battle for the universe. (a comic book fan can only hope right?) The relationships between characters made the ending impact that much harder. Which is necessary to set up part 2 and allow for the inclusion of additional heroes. (stay for the scene at the end of credits) Infinity War is a good movie that properly setups the next phase in the MCU. (Captain Marvel anyone?)

Disclaimer: We received complimentary passes to the press screening of Marvel Infinity Wars in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are mine. 


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