Hey West Covina People! Plaza West Covina invites you to FREE “Summer Movies Under the Stars” each Tuesday evening from July 9th through July 30th. Each program will include movie trivia and bingo as well as the show. The movies will be shown outdoors on the third level of the shopping center’s parking structure. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Seating is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and snacks will be available for purchase. To learn more, visit the center’s website at https://www.shoppingplazawestcovina.com/Read More
Summer can’t get here fast enough! I am planning all the things that I can. All the places I want to visit, and you know what’s on the top of my list? Universal Studios to check out the brand new Jurassic World The Ride! Oh my gosh, when I saw the commercial a few weeks ago, I was so excited! It just got real! Watch to the end so you can get a glimpse of Mosasaurus.Read More
Last year, as I was going through major life changes, I started losing weight. I wasn’t trying. I wasn’t depressed and not eating, in fact, usually I’m an emotional eater and turn to food for comfort. I started losing, just because I was feeling better about myself. So then, the Summer came around and the person I was spending most of my time with started to talk about the Keto diet. I had done Atkins when I was younger, I knew I could go along with Keto, and it was so much easier to do with a partner.Read More
Visiting the Hollywood Bowl during the Summer concert series is one of those things you kind of have to experience. Last year was my first visit to the Hollywood Bowl and I could not wait to come back this Summer. To make it an even more amazing experience, we attended the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire™ - in Concert featuring conductor Justin Freer and the incredible Los Angeles Philharmonic. If you are a Harry Potter fan, this is something you need to check out next Summer. Hearing Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score live-to-picture is... magical.Read More
We are huge Teen Titans Go! fans and loved the Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, movie. Thank you Warner Bros. for inviting us to an advanced screening and awesome after party. #TeenTitansGOMovieRead More
Last year was my first time visiting the beautiful Los Angeles treasure, San Antonio Winery. I had heard so many great things about the winery and the restaurant, Maddalena. I could not wait to go back, this time, I brought along my Mom and my two daughters. Yes, Maddalena, the restaurant at the San Antonio Winery is family friendly and the perfect spot for a Summer lunch or dinner.Read More
The long wait is over, the #Incredibles2 is now in theaters. For years and years every now and then my Dad would ask me, "When are they coming out with another Incredibles?" Well, now! It's out and what I loved about it, is it picked up right where the first one ended. Like no time at all has passed. Except 14 years ago when the first one came out, I was a teenager. This past weekend I took my daughters to see Incredibles 2 at an early screening at the El Capitan Theater.Read More
Today I want to tell you about The LA County Fair Read to Ride Program. LACF is giving kids incentive to read this summer by rewarding free carnival ride vouchers.Read More
It seems like we waited all Summer for the premier of the Descendants 2! And now, just as we are getting ready for back to school, Descendants 2 is being released on DVD- Tuesday, August 15th. #Descendants2Read More
I love that from the moment the weather warms up I become an outdoor cooking pro. Okay, maybe not a professional, I'm not a grill master by any means. But I do try to get as creative as possible, while coming up with a variety of flavors. Of course my other favorite part about grilling outdoors, is that I spend way less time in the kitchen for clean up. #GiveLifeMoreFlavor #CollectiveBias #adRead More
Where are my Harry Potter fans?! If you haven't visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood then get ready because it just keeps getting better and better! We were invited by Universal Studios to get a preview of the all-new "The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle" and I have to say... I LOVED IT! #WizardingWorldHollywoodRead More
The Hollywood Bowl 2017 Season Line-up is here! I have to admit, I have lived in Los Angeles my entire life and I have never been to the Hollywood Bowl. I have always wanted to, but have never made it out. This year, I will be taking my girls to see Harry Potter while accompanied by a full live orchestra, this is going to be an awesome experience to share with my girls. Perfect for a family Summer outing here in Los Angeles. Check out what other fun family friendly concerts you can find this Summer at the Hollywood Bowl.
- June 24th / Sound of Music
- July 6-8th / Harry Potter
- August 4-5th / Raiders of the Lost Arc
- September 8-10th / Muppets
Summer has just begun and already we're having way too much fun! Guess what's back this Summer... Ghost Town Alive at Knott's Berry Farm. It is definitely one of our family's favorite times of year at Knott's Berry Farm and it just keeps getting better and better. If you haven't been in a while, it's time to come back and not only check out the fun, but be a part of all the fun!Read More
Have your kids read it? Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. I've seen the book around at the book fair and I will be the first to admit, I looked right past it thinking this must be a book for little boys. As a Mama to two little girls, Captain Underpants has not joined our book collection. Until now.Read More
There's no denying it. Summer is here, are you ready? We don't have any big plans this Summer, no traveling for us. But I'm sure we'll find some fun stuff to keep us occupied. In fact, after talking it over with my girls, we've come up with our very own Summer Bucket List (find the Pinnable/Printable one below). The one thing my girls always talk about is having a Lemonade stand, but we're not going to have just any lemonade stand, we've got to add our very own twist. Check out what we did using Minute Maid® Fruit Punch and cantaloupe. #RefrescaTuSummer #CollectiveBiasRead More
Okay, so technically we are 1 month away from the official start to Summer. But here in Southern California, do we follow any of the rules? Especially when it comes to the weather? No way! This past weekend we had the most perfect weather for the opening day of Knott's Soak City water park. As much as we love our beloved Knott's Berry Farm, this was our first time at Soak City- and we loved it! #KnottsSoakCityRead More
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This Summer, pretty much everything that we are doing is outdoors. We are hanging out outdoors, cooking outdoors, and having our drinks and desserts outdoors too. I think it's the Latina part of me that likes to spend so much time outside. As a kid, it seems like all I ever heard my abuelita yell was for us to go afuera or outside. Now it's my turn, while the sun sets and the kids run around, I like to pour myself a glass of wine to unwind from the day. And before you know it the inevitable question arises, "Can we have dessert?"
As much as I love that our heladero or ice cream man makes daily stops in our neighborhood, sometimes I'm in the mood for something different. My first piece of advice that I received when it came to drinking wine was that red wines go really well with chocolate and with s'mores being the unofficial Summer dessert, I thought S'mores on the grill would be a less messy way of getting your s'mores fix.
S'mores on the grill are a really easy way to pair a sweet dessert with your Sutter Home Merlot. Here is what you will need:
- A bottle of Sutter Home Merlot
- Cast iron skillet
- Graham crackers
It really is as simple as 1-2-3.
- Heat up the grill and place your cast iron skillet to heat on Medium/High heat.
- Add chocolate to the bottom of the pan and top with a layer of marshmallows.
- Watch as the chocolate melts and marshmallows heat and expand.
That's it. Take it off the grill, pour yourself a glass of Sutter Home Merlot and start dipping your graham crackers. Enjoy.
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Usually the thought of the kids being home during the Summer scares me, but I think I finally got it all figured out. Each morning the kids do math worksheets and reading before they can watch any TV or play games and the minute they hint at being bored... I bring out the art projects! Of course a major part of a successful Summer day is always having ice cream on hand because let's face it, Ice Cream makes everything better.
This Summer I really wanted to create some fun games that we could play together as a family and since we spend so much of our time outdoors it had to be outdoor friendly. What would be a better boredom buster than DIY TETRIS? TETRIS was my FAVORITE game when I was a kid, I would play for hours on my Gameboy. This DIY version is fun to make and you could play again and again and again.
To make your own DIY Tetris here's what you'll need.
- Wood Blocks (these are measured at 3/4" but go bigger if you want)
- Acrylic paints in various colors (Orange, Green, Yellow, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Purple, Red and Yellow)
- Wood Glue
I bought all of these supplies at my local Hobby Lobby and all for under $10. I'm sure you can find similar products and prices at your local hobby or craft store.
First you'll notice that each TETRIS piece uses four blocks. You can see the shapes above.
Once you've figured out all of your shapes, get gluing. You only need a dab of the glue and although the instructions on the glue say to let sit for 6 hours, mine bonded after a few minutes.
Next step is deciding which shape will be which color, then you get to paint. The kids will have fun with this part.
I was so excited as I watched the pieces come together. Once the paint is dry, they are ready for playing! This TETRIS game is obviously different than the video game. It ended up being a sort of Jenga type of game for the kids, but I was teaching them to try and make the pieces fit to make a perfect block. They had the most fun just building until it toppled over, but it went on for quite some time. For me, that's a win.
See, hot Summer days are just more fun with games and ice cream. Whether the kids are bored or need a game to play while the food is cooking, this DIY TETRIS game is perfect.
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I am not one of those parents that dread the Summer months. When Summer approaches all I can think about is filling our days with fun and colorful projects. The way I see it, my kids don't do nearly enough Art in school, which means, the Summer is our time to be creative! I love being able to spend all day outdoors, playing, getting dirty and making memories.
The thing about kids though, is that nothing keeps their attention for as long as you hope. So, after 20 rounds of Loteria, which also doubles as a Spanish lesson, they are ready to move on to another activity.
I have been wanting to do some tie-dye projects with my girls for a while now. Well, two days into Summer Break sounds like the perfect time to me. I used our Loteria game as a jumping off point for what we were doing next. I kept talking to them about the vibrant colors on the Loteria cards and when I brought out the tie-dye projects they were thrilled! They loved the idea of designing and creating their own Summer shirt.
Here's what you'll need to create these awesome Summer Tie-Dye tops!
- White T-shirts
- Fabric dye
- plastic wrap
- all® Fresh Tropical Mist™
This project is pretty simple and definitely messy, just how I like them. If you purchase the fabric dye, tie-dye kit like me then you will have your own directions to follow. If not, it's still really simple and I'll break it down for you.
- Pre-wash your shirt with all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ and get ready to make a mess. Lay out an old tablecloth or paper that you won't mind ruining. Also, wear gloves if you have them to protect your fingers and have a lot of paper towels or napkins on hand for any accidental spills.
- Figure out the kind of pattern you would like to create with the tie-dye. My daughter wanted a burst from the center of the shirt. So we laid the shirt out flat, and gathered from the center.
- Use rubber bands to separate the shirt by sections.
- Add the dye to the section that you want colored. Note: Be careful with the dye, you want to keep the colors as separate as possible so work slowly.
- Wrap the shirt in plastic wrap and set aside for 6-8 hours; Longer for brighter colors.
- When you are ready to rinse, fill a bucket or sink with water and rinse slowly. Once you've completed your first rinse, add a small amount of all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ to the water and rinse again.
- Dry and wear.
My girls wanted to make the shirts their own, so we searched on pinterest for ideas and I helped them to finish the looks.
Once we were done dying, washing, drying and cutting our new shirts. We had to try them on! As you can see, they loved the way they looked and smelled! Part of making memories includes the smells that surround you and I know that when they think back to the time they got their hands dirty while making their own tie-dye shirts, the fresh tropical scent will go along with it.
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What kind of ice cream eater are you? I don't mean what is your favorite flavor, I mean, which do you prefer
or sno-cone shaved ice-ice cream? Today I am sharing with you a super refreshing combination recipe where you get the best of both worlds: Ice Cream SnoCone!
I love this twist on a classic treat, I find that it cuts down on the richness because it's half ice and actually tastes a little like a root beer float. Sounds good huh?! Keep reading to see how easy it is to make.
Of course, like all of the recipes I share, this recipe is really simple, easy as 1-2-3-4 actually.
All you will need is:
flavor ice cream.
A sno-cone machine or something to crush your ice, a blender will work just fine.
Sno-cone syrup (Cola flavored here)
and chocolate syrup
Ready? Here you go:
1. Place ice in your sno-cone machine (or blender) and crush the ice until it's as fine as snow.
2. Add about 2 tsp of Cola flavored syrup (more if desired) to the crushed ice.
3. Scoop some of Blue Bunny's rich and creamy ice cream and add it to the top of the crushed ice.
4. Drizzle chocolate syrup over the top and that's it...enjoy!
And to think it all started with a trip to Walmart. If you are planning to visit your local Walmart from July 9-12, keep an eye out for an
(check the link) where you can sample some of Blue Bunny's delicious flavors. I opted for some of their
Sweet Freedom No Sugar Added
options and I used Vanilla and Bunny Tracks in this recipe. Both are delicious!
If you like this idea, you definitely need to
for some more delicious recipes featuring Blue Bunny ice cream. You can also find Blue Bunny on
. Honestly, the possibilities with this recipe are endless. I already know the next combo I will be testing is Banana flavored sno-cone syrup with Blue Bunny Strawberry Banana ice cream on top. I'll be sure to let you know how that turns out.
So tell me: What flavor combos will you be trying?