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. 


Friday, April 13, 2018

Vlog #10 - College Life for a Seven Year Old

Who asks to visit a college campus during spring break? My kids.

Maybe it's my influence of being a school counselor or maybe it's my kids' geeky tendencies. Either way, it's always a good time exploring new places in and around San Diego. Who knew my kids would get a kick out of visiting University of California, San Diego.

During our visit to UC San Diego, we:
  • Parked in the parking structure on the outside of campus and walked "to class"
  • Visited Giesel Library - named after Dr. Seuss himself
  • Ate like a college student at Shogun in the Price Center
  • Explored the "gift shop" a.k.a. bookstore
  • Took advantage of the free play at the student arcade

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Disney On Ice presents Frozen

Discover the full story of Disney’s Frozen like never before at Disney On Ice presents Frozen, returning to San Diego this Spring from May 3rd – 6th at the Valley View Casino Center.


Dazzling ice skating, special effects and unforgettable music will magically transport you to wintry Arendelle. Be a part of Anna’s fearless adventure to find her sister, Queen Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in an eternal winter. Join the hilarious snowman Olaf, rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer sidekick Sven as they help Anna in a race to bring back summer.

Encounter Everest-like conditions and mystical trolls as you sing along to Academy Award®-winning songs like Let It Go and ultimately discover true love is the most powerful magic of all!

Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, your whole family will delight in special appearances by stars from Toy Story, Finding Dory, The Lion King and the inspiring Disney Princesses. Experience magic at every turn and create memories to last a lifetime at Disney On Ice presents Frozen - the show worth melting for!

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

Friday, April 6, 2018

Vlog #9: Exploring Singapore

Aw memories. Creating my Singapore vlog makes me long for another vacation.

Our visit to Singapore's metropolis was very different from the island vibes of Koh Samui, Thailand. It was great to experience both during our trip to Asia.

This vlog highlights the sights we visited in Singapore:

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