NHMLA-- Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit

NHMLA-- Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibit

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles is one of our favorite places to visit throughout the year. If you grew up in LA then you most likely visited either on your own or on a school field trip. One of the reasons why I love NHMLA so much is the constant exchanging of exhibits. You can always count on seeing some of the classics and witnessing something new. We recently attended a media preview for the newest exhibit, Wildlife Photographer of the Year. 

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Museum Free-for-All Day January 28, 2018

Museum Free-for-All Day January 28, 2018

We are so lucky to be living in Los Angeles, where we are surrounded by history and culture and so many incredible museums. Thanks to SoCal Museums for putting together this list and reminding us that LA Metro is a great way to travel throughout the city.  Check out the list below, pick a museum to check out with the family and get out and make some memories. Now is your chance to show your kids a taste of what Los Angeles and Southern California has to offer. 

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See Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico before it leaves LA (40% discount inside)

See Cirque du Soleil's LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico before it leaves LA (40% discount inside)

LUZIA: A Waking Dream of Mexico is a more than a show, it's an experience for the entire family. Los Angeles, we are so lucky to have such a wonderful show right here in our backyard and lucky for you, I am sharing with you a 40% off discount. Keep reading for some of my favorite highlights of the night and for the link to the discount. 

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Taking in the views at OUE Skyspace in DTLA

Taking in the views at OUE Skyspace in DTLA

One of my favorite things about living in Los Angeles, is seeing the Downtown LA skyline from my bedroom window. I love to see it all lit up at night. I love to look up while driving through downtown on the 110 freeway. I love wandering the streets of Downtown on foot and seeing all of the remnants of the old architecture and history of my city. 

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San Antonio Winery- Good Eats, Drinks and More!

San Antonio Winery- Good Eats, Drinks and More!

Oh Los Angeles! I have lived less than 5 miles from the beautiful San Antonio Winery for most of my life and finally visited for the 1st time just last month. I know, I'm so late to the game. I mean, the Winery has been around for 100 years!  Thank you to the San Antonio Winery for hosting our group for wine tasting, a delicious lunch, and a guided tour of the historic winery.  #EatNDrinkGeeks

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Road to the Races, a nationwide tour inviting fans of #95 to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 3.” Fans will take part in a host of activities and get a sneak peek of the movie. Come check out life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen and tech-savvy Cruz Ramirez will be rolling into town to celebrate “Cars 3” with local fans.

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Voodoo Doughnuts has a New Home Here in Los Angeles!

Voodoo Doughnuts has a New Home Here in Los Angeles!

It's here! VooDoo Doughnuts has made their way to Southern California and found the perfect home at the world famous Universal City Walk. We were invited to check out what all the fuss was about today, and I can finally say I get it. They are delicious donuts, not just pretty and cool and Instagram worthy, but a really delicious doughnut. 

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31st Annual Bug Fair at NHMLA

31st Annual Bug Fair at NHMLA

One of our favorite places in all of Los Angeles is the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. It's a Los Angeles classic, it's a tradition and it's also, always changing. If you think you are going to visit and see the same old Dinosaur bones from when you were a child, you're wrong. This weekend, May 20-21st, you can visit the Museum and check into the Bug Fair too!  #HowDoYouMuseum #BugFair #NHMLA

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City Nature Challenge 2017

City Nature Challenge 2017

The 2017 City Nature Challenge has come and gone (April 14-18), in my opinion it was way too short. This was the second year for the City Nature Challenge and now that I know about it, I can not wait until next year. Next year we will be ready and I will be recruiting EVERYONE I know. So get ready!

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Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts- Now part of the Famous WB Studio Tour

Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts- Now part of the Famous WB Studio Tour

Are you a Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts fan like me? I LOVE everything magical and was in awe when I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios recently. It's amazing when you spend hours and hours getting lost in words on a page, and then spend even more hours watching the stories come to life on the screen.  

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Driving in Style and Comfort in the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander

Every now and then I get an awesome email in my inbox and just like that, things start looking up. For example, a few weeks ago, I got an email that read, Hey we need some volunteers for BlogHER16 in Los Angeles, are you available? I couldn't say Yes! fast enough, because BlogHER is one of those conferences that everyone has been to, everyone except for me. Not only was I so excited to go to BlogHER, one of the biggest blogging conferences of the year, but it was in my hometown of Los Angeles.

Thanks to Mitsubishi Motors I was able to commute in style and comfort. I was provided a week long test drive experience in the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. The Outlander not only drove me to and from BlogHER16 in Downtown LA, but it also kept us cool and comfortable while we ran around town doing all of our back-to-school shopping and even had us riding in style to my birthday dinner. 

Ah, the sunroof! I've never had a car with a sunroof before, which is like a crime since I live in Los Angeles, where it's always sunroof weather. 

I have to admit, I kinda fell in love the with 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander and was very sad when my week was up. There were so many things to fall in love with, but mostly it was just so damn easy. As a Mom who's always on to the next errand or task, I need as much ease and comfort as possible. Here are my favorite features:

  • Remote Keyless Entry 
  • One touch Start/Stop engine switch
  • Rear Seat Center Armrest with cup holders
  • 12-Volt accessory outlets (I'm always in need of a charge)
  • Power remote lift gate
  • Rear view camera
  • 6.1- inch touchscreen display
  • Power Glass Sunroof with tilt and slide

Check out all of the space. You can see the extended storage space with the 3rd row down. It held all of our groceries and back to school stuff with room to spare. 

As you can see, my girls felt at home in the backseat.  It's definitely important to me that the kids feel comfortable and safe but are also able to get in and out of the car with ease. Especially on those busy days when we are running around town. A good sound system is important in this family too, because we are always ready for the next dance party. This time, we were on our way to Hollywood for an advanced screening of Disney's Pete Dragon at the El Capitan Theater. I told you, we were busy!   

And since it was the end of Summer vacation, we had to squeeze in some swimming and sleep overs too. So after driving through Downtown LA, Hollywood, and around town, I think the best part of the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander was the ease of driving. It has so much space when you're inside that it feels like you're going to be driving a big SUV, but it maneuvers and get's in and out of spot so easily! 

So, to sum it all up I had a great birthday week riding around in style and comfort in the 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander. If you're looking for a spacious but not too big SUV that is city friendly, this is the car for you. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® to Debut Out Of This World ™ Circus Experience

This July, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey ® , the circus that started it all, invites fans to blast off on an intergalactic adventure with the launch of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World ™ . Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world’s leading producer of live family entertainment, today announced that this new, immersive experience will debut on the West Coast for the first time in the 145 year history of Ringling Bros., marking the Tour World Premiere at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Tickets for all California engagements are on sale to the general public now. 

In Out Of This World, audiences will be riveted by an interactive, action-packed story line filled with space-age family fun and technology, which deepens their connection to the performers. Through the lens of a magic telescope capable of discovering the most spectacular circus stars in the galaxy, they will join the Circus Space Fleet on a heroic mission of good versus evil to bring performers back to Earth, traveling to interstellar worlds of sand, water, fire and ice.

For the first time, the show features thrill skaters, in addition to unbelievable performances by gravity-defying acrobats, majestic animals and hilarious clowns. Imaginations will run wild throughout the non-stop display of artistic athleticism, with acts seamlessly transitioning from floor to air to ice, a feat never before done in Ringling Bros. history.

“By adding the element of ice, we’re bringing speed and motion to an already thrilling, multi-sensory performance,” said Feld. “Throughout the show, families won’t know where the floor ends and the ice begins.

TICKETS: At all locations, Tickets start at $20 for Adults - and $10 for Kids (age 2-12) (with discount coupon from participating Chick-fil- A locations) or ENTER OFFER CODE: MOM16 for a discount of $16 per ticket! 

*Opening Night Special Discount tickets are only $15 each (not valid for premium VIP/Front Row seating - Click the city to find tickets near you.

L O S A N G E L E S -  Staples Center

  • Thursday, July 14 7:30 PM 

  • Friday, July 15 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 16 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 17 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Monday, July 18 7:30 PM

  • Tuesday, July 19 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM 

 O N T A R I O - Citizens Business Bank Arena

  • Friday, July 22 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 23 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 24 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

  • Monday, July 25 7:30 PM

  • Tuesday, July 26 12:00 PM & 7:30 PM

A N A H E I M - Honda Center

  • Friday, July 29 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, July 30 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, July 31 1:30 PM & 5:30 PM

  • Wednesday, August 3 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Thursday, August 4 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM

  • Friday, August 5 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Saturday, August 6 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

  • Sunday, August 7 11:30 AM, 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

For a complete list of tour dates and locations through December 2016 and to purchase tickets, please visit the Ringling Bros. website (www.Ringling.com). Future tour dates will be announced at a later date.

New CVS/Pharmacy y Más- Coming Soon to LA!

This is a compensated campaign in collaboration with CVS and Latina Bloggers Connect, however all opinions and photos are my own. 

There are BIG changes coming to a CVS/Pharmacy near you. Keep an eye out for the newly remodeled CVS/Pharmacy y más- a new shopping experience that provides more personalized service to the Hispanic community in the Los Angeles area.

Just a few of the new services and products you can look forward to include: Fully bilingual associates and signage throughout the store, more than 1,500 NEW products (including popular Hispanic brands) of which 300 are locally sourced, a fragrance counter with trained beauty associates and lower prices on more value-sized products. Sounds great right?!

I was at the official Grand Opening of CVS/Pharmacy y Mas in Bell, CA last week to learn all about the amazing things that CVS/Pharmacy y Mas will be offering to the community. Part of the ceremony included a celebration of the accomplishments of the CVS Health and its Foundation.

Here you can see CVS Health and its Foundation presenting a $50,000 grant to St. John’s Well Child and Family Center to support under-served pediatric asthma patients in South Los Angeles, a majority of whom are Hispanic. 

The goal of the program is to help families manage the child’s asthma to ensure optimal health and reduce emergency room visits. This grant was part of the “Innovations in Community Health” grant program, a three-year, $3 million partnership between the CVS Health Foundation and the National Association of Community Health Centers.

If you're like me then, the first stop while visiting CVS/Pharamcy is in the beauty department. I love being able to pick up whatever I need and even throw in a new nail polish or two. I mean, you can never have too many. Well at the new CVS/Pharmacy y Mas the first display I noticed was ETERNAL Nail Enamel. This is one of the new Hispanic brands that you can expect to see at CVS/Pharmacy y Mas. I found these polishes on sale, 2 por $3! I loved the colors and their names: Bellisima, Tormenta, Loco Por Ti and Sirena. 

So much of what CVS/Pharamcy y Mas offers is tradition and I like that. One of my favorite go-to first aid items is Vitacilina- an antibacterial ointment. My mom has used this on every single cut, scratch, or rash for as long as I can remember. Now, when my girls have a boo-boo, we use it too. It's tradition. You will also be able to find classic herbal remedies that your abuela swears by and so many of the traditional Hispanic ingredients needed for any delicious meal.  

I have noticed that as I get older, I find joy in my shopping trips. Gone are the days of shopping for hours on end at the mall- for one item. Now, I like my shopping trips to end in success. I like to feel like I've successfully remembered every item I need and saved money. At CVS/Pharmacy Y Mas you can easily achieve success. You can pick up your prescriptions, a gift for that party this weekend, the sauce for the enchiladas, Fabuloso- since you just ran out, a bag of chips for the husband, some cute chanclas for you and the kids, and since you saved money a couple new ETERNAL nail polishes.

HINT: Another way to achieve success is to sign up for the CVS Extra Care card. I speak from experience, you will save so much money. Recently, my mom used hers and saved 95% off of her total! Check out my video above, it's just a few snaps from my day while touring the new CVS/Pharmacy y Mas. Are you following me on Snapchat? I'm easy to find, kindasillymommy.

The new CVS/pharmacy y más format will launch in 9 existing CVS/pharmacy stores throughout the greater Los Angeles area through August. Check out CVS.com/ymas for more information and keep an eye out if you are near South El Monte, Bell, Walnut Park, Santa Ana, Los Angeles, South Gate, Pico Rivera, Lynwood and Norwalk.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CVS. The opinions and text are all mine.

Brunching in Los Angeles at KayNDave's Cantina

Ah, brunch! Brunch used to be my very favorite meal. I used to look forward to the weekends when me and my then boyfriend would enjoy delicious food and champagne. Then babies happened and brunch became an after thought. But now, my babies are kids and I can either trust them to hang with us or leave them with their grandparents. So, brunch is back on!

Recently I attended a brunch at KayNDaves Mexican Cantina in Culver City and it was some of the best, fresh Mexican food. Before I dive into all of the delicious details of the food, I have to mention the beautiful atmosphere. Living in Los Angeles, you can pretty much always guarantee nice weather, so sitting, eating and chatting while hanging out near an outdoor fire pit really makes for an amazing meal experience. There is plenty of both outdoor and indoor seating as well as really good music playing in the background. Okay, now on to the food.  

I have to apologize in advance because these pictures you are about to see will definitely inspire hunger. You have been warned. 

Don't you just love fresh guacamole? There is almost nothing better than fresh guacamole and at KayNDave's they add a fresh pop of flavor with pomegranate seeds.

Let me tell you a little bit about the drinks you are looking at right here. From left to right: Tamarindo Margarita, made with Xicaru Mezcal served in a chili rimmed glass. Watermelon Shot, made with fresh Muddled Watermelon and tequila and a Blackberry Margarita, made with fresh muddled blackberries and mint. 

Now onto the comida. I labeled what you are looking at in the photo below and keep reading to hear the yummy descriptions. 

Everything you see here was delicious. Nothing on the menu for the day was too spicy or overwhelming and the cooks did an amazing job at making sure everything was very balanced and fresh and complimentary.  

The Chicken Mole Taco, with made from scratch Mole negro was so refreshing with cabbage and queso on top. My absolute favorite item of the day was hands down, the Squash Blossom Relleno. I had no idea what amazing flavors were coming my way when I bit into it, but oh man, I will never forget it. The fresh blossoms, jack cheese, Mexican herbs, crema and pico de gallo all made up such a delicious few bites that left me wanting at least 3 more. However, I had to move on to the Ceviche Tostada and I was not disappointed. The ceviche made with Sole marinated in lime juice, on top of a bed of guacamole, on top of a tostada had such a bright and crisp flavor, I would definitely order that again.  Last, was the mini Pibil Sope, made with Cochinita Pork Pibil oven roasted in banana leaves. The Sope had so many layers of flavors and textures and they all went so well. The mini Sope was perfectly crunchy and soft, the pork pibil had such great flavor and the radishes on top just evened out all of the textures. 

Hungry yet?

How about this for a brunch entree? Chiliquiles Verde. These chiliquiles, were made with spicy tomatillo salsa, cotija cheese, fresh herbs, avocado, and an egg on top of a bed of tortilla chips. Yup.

Oh and on to the Molcajete Azteca. This molcajete has everything you could want, grilled steak, shrimp, and chicken, slow cooked with a relleno in Guajillo sauce. The presentation alone was amazing, it came to me still bubbling in a stone molcajete. Ooh, I dove right in and it was the kind of meal where you definitely need to lick your fingers. It's okay. We were in a no judge zone. 

On to dessert... from left to right: Tres leches, banana flautas, and my favorite Coconut crusted fried ice cream.  They are all pretty self explanatory and as delicious as they sound. 

Oh and when they asked whether or not we want hot or cold coffee we were definitely not expecting to be treated to this delicious Mexican mocha complete with two shots of espresso and Abuelita chocolate! Refreshing and a nice pick me up after the tequila and food.  

KayNDave's started in 1991 when Dave, a lawyer at the time decided to buy a small Mexican Cantina on P.C.H. Dave and his wife inherited a staff and continued to open other locations in Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and the Culver City. All of the delicious food is the direct result of brothers Alejo, Roberto and Ruben (not pictured) Grijalva. Growing up on a farm in Oaxaca they learned much of what they know, including their cooking style from their great grandmother. The fresh ingredients and style that they learned in Oaxaca speaks volumes through the delicious food that they now cook at KayNDaves. When you are out and about in LA, I definitely recommend you stop in at one of the several KayNDaves locations. 

Eat LA: Cha Cha Chili-- Mexican-Korean Fusion in East LA

Let me tell you something about a little place in North East Los Angeles called, Cha Cha Chili. If you like Mexican food or Korean Food, or just plain good food, then this is the restaurant for you. The flavor combinations here couldn't get any better and the best part is all the options available. If you love the flavors of Mexican and Korean food, but don't eat meat, that's okay. Cha Cha Chili has a lot of vegetarian options including spicy tofu bowls, tofu salads and tofu burritos.

Earlier this year Guy Fieri from Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives visited Cha Cha Chili and featured this restaurant on an episode titled- Intercontinental Flavorfest.

Here are some of my favorites from the menu.

Good ol' Beef Teriyaki Bowl, sometimes I get this bowl topped with veggies, but on this day I was sharing with my girls, so I opted out of that argument. The thinly sliced bulgogi is tender and the sauce is perfectly sweet with a little hint of spice. The sauce soaks into the sticky rice, just perfectly! 

This is a Kalbi Slider. Cha Cha Chili uses the sweet Hawaiian rolls and lightly toasts them before piling on the marinated short rib, lettuce, purple onion and creamy spicy mustard. 

Are you drooling yet? You are looking at a Chimichanga. For those of you who don't know what a Chimichanga is, it is a fried burrito. This burrito is a tortilla stuffed with rice, beans, cheese and kalbi (short rib). After frying and cutting the burrito in fourths, it is then topped with creamy spicy mustard, sriracha, onions and toasted sesame seeds. Yup! 

So the next time you are driving through the area, probably passing Cal State LA on your way to Downtown LA, stop in and try something new. 

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4625 Valley Blvd

Los Angeles, California