Eat More, Play More at Chuck E. Cheese!

Eat More, Play More at Chuck E. Cheese!

Chuck E. Cheese is one of those establishments that feels like it’s just always been there, it's always been around. You knew you could always rely on Chuck E. Cheese being there for the birthday that gets rained out or a birthday on one of those scorching hot Summer days. I think everyone I know has had at least one birthday party there or has at least gone to one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. You can always count on Chuck E. for some pizza, cake and games.

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A Sky Zone Birthday! (Deal Inside!)

If you know me at all, you know I love parties. I get to go crazy twice a year for my daughter's birthdays and the past 5 years have been a lot of fun. But, I knew the day would come when my girls would want to celebrate somewhere other than their backyard. I'm okay with that because there are some super fun places to host parties now, and not just those old fashioned pizza parlors. 
I am excited about hosting a party at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, here are a few good reasons why having a party at Sky Zone is a great idea. 
  • Something new and different, not the same ol' cake, ice cream and pinata. 
  • No set up or clean up! Yes!
  • 1 hour of non-stop fun means exhausted kids and 2 hours sounds even better!

Let the team members at Sky Zone take care of everything for you as your party SOARS above all others on our patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts. Maximize your FUN and create a truly memorable experience with one of these out-of-this-world party packages: Double Your Jump Time! For a limited time only when you book your child's birthday party at Sky Zone, you get double the jump time! That's 2 hours of Wall-to-Wall fun!
Click here to get the deal. Available at Covina, Riverside and Van Nuys locations. 

Celebrate Septem-bear! It's Snuggles 30th Birthday

Disclosure: I received some product from Snuggle and my very own bear in return for this post, however, all opinions are my own.

I am not the only one who turned 30 this year. The loveable and cuddly Snuggle bear is celebrating the big 3-0 this year as well! I have LOVED Snuggle since I was a very young. I had a Snuggle bear when I was a baby that I called my "ungh" (Original right?) I loved it with all of the love a 2 year old could. Until the day I lost it. As the story goes, I lost it one day as I was being pushed in the stroller on my way to pick up my older sister from school. They tried to replace my Ungh, but it never was the same. 
Every time a Snuggle commercial would come on over the last 20 something years, I would feel a little sadness in the pit of my stomach. That longing for my Ungh, my Snuggle bear. Actually, when my husband and I were dating I told him my sad tale of my lost bear and he confessed a very similar love for Snuggle. Just like me, he said that when he was a baby, his Mom would yell to him every time the Snuggle commercial would come on the t.v and he would come running across the house in his little onesie. How were we not meant to be? 
I no longer have that sadness. At 30 years old, we are reunited... and it feels so good! 
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A Very Happy Birthday to Me and YOU at Medieval Times, CA! (Giveaway!!!)

Another year has come and gone, and I am a year older, it's true. Last year we began the tradition of attending Medieval Times for my birthday and this year was our best visit yet because we got to go behind the scenes. Even though it is my birthday, I am giving YOU (my readers) a present! Lucky you! How would you like the chance to win a 

Family Four Pack of Tickets to Medieval Times

? Keep reading to find out how you can win.

Before I get into all of the fun details of our behind the scenes tour, let me just say Thank you to Medieval Times for allowing us to visit before the doors opened to the public and providing us this amazing opportunity. 

Naturally, with my two daughters in tow, our first stop on our tour was the dress up area where guests can dress the part of a princess or prince or king or queen to have a souvenir photo taken.

Those are some happy princesses in front of the green screen. 

Our next stop, the horses of course! These beautiful Andalusian horses are so incredible up close, I just couldn't take my eyes off of them. 

I am a little bit intimidated by horses, it's probably just the city girl in me, but my little girls are not afraid. They felt so special being able to feed the horse and get close enough to pet them.

We walked in on this rehearsal behind the scenes of two knights preparing for the show. I was so impressed by all of the knights, they rehearse and train every day for 5 hours prior to the show. And just so you know, they have two shows almost every day of the year. That's a huge commitment for these knights and most of them come from very little experience with horses. When you watch the show you can see just how much hard work goes into being knights. 

Now, of course, this was the coolest part for my husband. He got to check out all of the weapons! All of the weapons are very real, big, and authentic to the time period. It is amazing that the knights fight with them while riding the horses. 

Here is another behind the scenes shot of some awesome knightly rehearsal. I have to admit it is really fun to see the knights out of character for a bit before the show. 

The fun starts from the moment you walk in the door of the castle of Medieval Times this is when you get to see which Knight you will be cheering for. My husband prefers the green knight, his favorite since he was a kid. 

If you have never been to Medieval Times I warn you, the four course meal is delicious, but there are no utensils. You eat with your hands, it's fun and messy and you will love it! 

The show is amazing, the story, the cheering, the horses, the knights, the falconer, the princess, the battles and the meal. All of it makes for a very memorable evening. 

My daughters cheered their hearts out hoping to win a rose from our Green Knight and were less than thrilled to see another young lady receive a crown from the princess. Haha! 

Even though they didn't win a rose, we had so much fun cheering on our knight as he won! 

Okay, so let's get down to it. Now, that I've filled you in on all of the fun at Medieval Times, go ahead and enter to win a family 4 pack! 

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Baby Showers, Weddings, and Birthdays... oh my!

Hey everyone.. I don't know if you know this, but besides being a full time stay at home momma bear, active mommy-lifestyle blogger, social media member, and everything else that keeps me busy, I also design and print invitations to order. Here are a few of my recent designs. You can check out my etsy shop or just hit me up via email

My most common order and price is $40 for 40 5x7 invites (plus white envelopes) 
*shipping additional

When I was first asked to do a Rainbow Dash birthday invitation, I admit, I had to google it. I didn't know who Rainbow Dash was, I guess my girls missed the memo. 
This was the invite to the Vintage Valentine Shirley Temple party that I helped style for my niece. We were featured on Kara's Party Ideas
I was sent an image and asked, "Can you make something like this?" So, I did. 
My best friend started planning a very special Candyland theme party to celebrate her 30th birthday and getting her MBA. The party fell through, but I still created an invite for her. 
Cars Cars Cars! This was one was lots of fun to create for this handsome little boys birthday!
This one was one of the most unusual requests. I know who Oso is, but hadn't thought of it as a theme before. But these two year old twins, (boy and girl) both love Special Agent Oso! Perfect for a non-specific gender birthday.
I LOVE the chalkboard theme! I was asked to create an invite somewhat similar to another and I came up with this one. I love the colors and simplicity. 
This was the wedding RSVP.
Another pretty unique request was a Wizard of Oz invitation. How fun right? And, I got to add that cute face up there too! 

If you are interested in some invitations, let me know! I'd love to help you out. You can check out some of my other designs here or on my Pinterest.

Shirley Temple Vintage Valentine 1st Birthday Party

Yes! This party was featured by the amazing Kara's Party Ideas!

Oh, do I have a party for you?! We just celebrated my niece Emma's 1st birthday with a Shirley Temple Vintage Valentine theme. My Sister-in-Law Tricia started thinking about her daughter's 1st birthday, probably by the time she was 3 months old.  You can never plan too much, and this proves that, this party was beautiful. Check out the details and feel free to Pin away.
The invitation began with this beautiful dress created by Lover Dovers for her birthday photo shoot. I took the picture and added a the info for the insert and my Sister-in-Law assembled the adorable enclosure that included ribbon, lace, and a picture of Shirley Temple.
The birthday party took place only a few days after actress Shirley Temple passed away. It seemed like a way to honor her early film career because she was on the minds of  a lot of the guests. It was nice though, as the guests looked at all of the movie posters we had, they were able to share their memories of Shirley Temple.

This was the front door and entry to the party.
The dessert table featured beautiful pictures of the birthday girl and lots of cookies and candies. The naked birthday cakes were also front and center on this table. The birthday poster I designed was the centerpiece and it highlighted all of Emma's favorite things from her first year.
Here is a close up of the birthday poster I created. So beautiful right? I love it! 
My Sister-in-Law thought of everything and as you walked outside you were definitely in for a treat.
 Here is a photo of the make your own Shirley Temple drink table. This was great, it was a sunny 80 degree day in Southern California and this drink was definitely refreshing. 
Here is the Birthday girl enjoying the pool filled with balls.
 This was the favor table. On top you can see some of the favorite family photos of Emma, followed by a photo timeline of Emma at every month of her first year. The favors were hand painted  personalized jewelry boxes for the girls, and vintage toys for the boys. Each child also took home a box of animal crackers. 
Vintage Boys Favors
Girls Favors
 This was the tea party that was set up on a kids table for the little ones to play with. Behind you can see the Shirley Temple movie posters I printed and the garland. 
 A few photos of Shirley Temple were placed on the main table as well. 
The Kids Craft Table was so much fun for both the kids and adults. It kept the kids occupied for a lot of the party, which was a treat for the parents. The kids had fun painting, gluing, drawing, coloring and making beaded necklaces. 
Fun at the craft table.
Here is a close up of the garland and movie posters.
 ...more of the garland that was hung around the patio as well.
 Daddy's girl. 

 All of the girls had a great time at Emma's birthday. The birthday girl insisted on joining all of the big girls at the tea party table.
 The garland consisted of paper fans, hearts, doilies and paper dresses.
 A close up of the decor for the birthday girl's highchair. 
The birthday girl highchair with her personalized name banner.
The happy family celebrating Emma's very 1st birthday.  
Great job Tricia! You created a beautiful and memorable sweet 1st birthday for Emma. Thank you for letting me help and be a part of it. 

Things to do and see in SoCal {Medieval Times}

Almost a week has passed and I am still recovering from my very eventful birthday weekend! As I mentioned in my previous post, I ended my birthday celebrations at Medieval Times. It was a kind of a big deal for me, since it was my daughters' first time. I told them all week long that we were going to visit a castle, and we were going to see knights and a real princess. So, of course, there I was spending my birthday eve cutting up my prom dress to make Lacey a princess dress. (She wore her princess dress for 3 days in a row-- Big Mom Points for me!) 
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times
Their gift to me, was watching as their faces lit up when they first saw the knights, horses and of course, the princess. Everything about the night was just so much fun. It was all about fresh new experiences for my girls. They got to eat with their hands, waive a flag and cheer, and eat a meal while watching a live show. I am all about soaking in these moments.
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times

The last time I was at Medieval Times was 10 years ago and I have to say there have been a lot of changes. Medieval Times just celebrated the one year anniversary of their new show and it is awesome. For me, the horses and their choreography are by far the highlight of the show, they are so graceful, and beautiful. The entire show has such cool new battle scenes, lighting and really powerful music. The score made the show much more intense. 
If you are wondering if your little ones are too young to sit through the show, my 4 and 3 year olds were completely entertained the whole time. I never once heard any whining or complaining, the show was perfect for them. They were a little bit too distracted to eat their meal, but that happens almost every other night.
Below you can see my little princesses all dressed up. The blue one is handmade from my old prom dress, and the other is Merida's dress from Disney's Brave. My little ones loved cheering for the Red Knight, although they had no idea what was really going on, they loved every minute of it.
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times
Did you know that you can get a free pass to Medieval Times on your birthday? Oh yeah! You know I love me some birthday freebies, you can check that out here! And, if you want to celebrate with a group (10 or more), for just an extra $7 (+tax) you can get a bunch of extras to help make your birthday even more special. You get a birthday announcement and a group photo, a slice of cake, a strawberry slushy in a souvenir castle cup and a cheering banner for each guest! Call the group sales office to set that up:
 (714) 521-2342 
Photo courtesy of Medieval Times
I can't wait to go back, I think we may have to make this an annual birthday celebration.
 Have you ever been to Medieval Times?

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets with the Royal Treatment upgrade in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. All images are copyrighted and used with permission.

How I spent my FIRST 29th Birthday.

Yesterday I celebrated my very first 29th Birthday! I can foresee at least a few more 29th birthdays in my future. This year my husband totally spoiled me, and not only bought me a present, but surprised me with it too! I have to admit, it is incredibly difficult for my husband to surprise me because I am one nosy b*tch! It's true, I have to know everything. Well, to my surprise, on the morning of my birthday I opened up a giant box, with a smaller box inside, with a brand new computer inside!! Yay!!  This gift was truly a necessity, you know with all the blogging that I do!
The pictures to the left pretty much sum up my day. The one on the top right is me with my momma, who I have to give mad props to, because without her, I would pretty much be non-existent. 

So every birthday of my life has begun with a cupcake. It has been a tradition since my dad was young, that we are woken up with a cupcake, a candle, and the family singing "Happy Birthday." This year my oldest tried to steal my wish by blowing out my candle, but it's okay.  That's just what happens when you have little kiddos.

I like to plan my birthday ahead of time by signing up for birthday freebies. For some companies, when you join their mailing list, you will get a "Happy Birthday" coupon in your email. This year I had a free Rooty Tooty Fresh and Fruity from IHOP for breakfast, took the kids to the self car wash, then headed to Downtown L.A. for my free Starbucks drink and free Lemon Meringue cupcake from Sprinkles!  After relaxing at home for a bit, we went to dinner and a show at Medieval Times (More on our fun time at Medieval Times on the next post). I also have emails from Jamba Juice, Baskin Robbins, Red Robin, and Cold Stone creamery. Fun stuff! I totally recommend signing up for your birthday freebies.
Do you have any birthday traditions?