First theatre experience at Storybook Theatre in North Hollywood

We took both of the girls to their first theatre play this weekend.  Princess and The Frog at Theatre West was the perfect option. They do cute musicals with a life message that is perfect for kids ages 3-9 but my little Dahlia who is five months old couldn’t take her eyes off of the colorful stage!

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baby's first play

Don’t worry if you think your kids won’t stay still! They don’t need to be super quiet because it’s a very interactive hour.  The actors are great with the kids and have them come up to the stage throughout the play.  Ji couldn’t get enough of her moments to shine. She raised her hand each time the opportunity was given!  She loves to play dress up so understandably she wanted to be an actress for the day.

Stoybook Theatre Box Office

There’s a short intermission and the kids are offered yummy treats like cookies and juice.  Once the play is over the fun continues! The kids have the opportunity to meet the cast, get autographs and take pictures with the characters. It’s such a great place to introduce your kids to the world of theatre!

Princess Autographing

Before we left the house we went over some simple theatre etiquette:

  • We need to be on time
  • We need to go to the potty before the performance starts.
  • No talking unless you are invited to by the cast
  • Applaud at the end!

 

Storybook Theatre is located inside Theatre West in North Hollywood. Location:  3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West 90068

They also host school groups and offer special packages for birthday parties!

See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Sip, Style and Socialize; An L.A Mommy Only Event

When Ji was three months old, I became active in looking for ways to connect with other Los Angeles mothers with similar lifestyles as mine. I was looking for moms who worked from home, owned a small business and/or were as crunchy as I am. I know there are other Latina moms in Los Angeles who are a little bit old school like their mothers, raising bi-lingual children, doing the entrepreneur thing and always looking for the best, safest and healthiest options for their kids. That’s me and I just knew there were more moms out there that could I form a community with. So, far before the L.A Mamacita Blog was created, the L.A Mamacita Mommy Group was my thing. I organized mommy and me get togethers as being a coordinator and connecting people has always been a passion of mine.

Mommy and Me Playdate at MOCA
Mommy and Me Playdate at MOCA

In 2016, I organized a playdate at MOCA and the theme of that get together was to talk about our careers and to bounce ideas off each other. I’ll always hold that playdate special to my heart because that’s where I met another L.A Mamacita as passionate as I am about connecting like-minded moms. She also loves to plan and organize events! I’m a firm believer that when strong women support each other in an effort to create good, amazing things happen. That mamacita is Janet of Jan’s Spring. We have now joined forces to create L.A Mamacitas, an events community focused on bringing like-minded Latina moms in a stylish and relaxing environment. We all like to have cute Instagram pictures, right? I know I’ve gone off on a tangent but I just wanted to give you a little back story before I dived into recapping our latest event. Sip, Style and Socialize!

Janet and I wanted to give our fellow L.A Mamacitas the opportunity give themselves the gift of a few hours for themselves in order to relax, get pampered, have mimosa and socialize with other Los Angeles moms. Our vision came true on April 30th. When about 30 mamacitas came together at IKO Studios in the Arts District in Downtown, Los Angeles to have a great time.

Invitation to Sip, Style and Socialize

Pink Champagne Flutes

Sugar Donuts and Pink FlowersMexican Cookies Decor

All of our special guests were treated to delicious treats like mimosas and these yummy Mexican cookies.

Make Up Station Hair StationMassage StationEveryone in attendance of our intimate event was treated to mini hair and make-up sessions, a relaxing massage and polish changes while making new amigas! I especially loved that our guests were ready and willing to meet new people!

A Mommy Only EventMake over partyLA Mamacitas CelebratingMamas Balloons Our guests also had the opportunity to do a little shopping. The super stylish and fellow mommy blogger Maria from Fashion Seekers Boutique was there offering her trendy clothes at amazing prices!

We wanted moms to not only come and relax but also to sit down and think about their goals in life. We get so caught up with wanting to be the best parents we could be, that sometimes we forget how to be the best version of ourselves.

Vision Board Set UpEvery mamacita in attendance went home with swag bag filled with goodies like make-up, candles and jewelry.

Sip, Style and Socialize Swag Bag

Some extra lucky mamas took home raffle items like a mommy and me photoshoot from my hubby’s photography company The Medina Creative, a goody box filled with mommy essentials from Mama Love Collective, a gift card from Fashion Seekers Boutique and stunning necklace and other goodies hand picked by the L.A Mamacitas duo.

Mamas Raffle Items

This event was truly an amazing experience. This was a team effort and it could not have been done without women coming together for a collective cause. Yes, we were there to socialize but most of all, it was event that was created to support each others hustle. Whether the mom’s where there to get away for the day, to meet others going through similar experiences, to share their craft and/or to make new friends, we hope that everyone took away a lasting memory with them.

and, if you missed it don’t worry because Sip, Style and Socialize 2018 is already in the works! Keep an eye out for tickets sales and for the dates of our up-coming events by following our Instagram page.  We can’t wait to do it again!

We cannot thank our guests and those who lent their expertise to make our vision a reality enough. Thank you so much!

Style Team

Hair by Carolina Sanchez

Make- Up By Ashley (Rose Marie)

Make- Up By Lidia (Mz.Lids)

Event Team

Venue IKO Studios

Floral Wall by True Paper Love

Photography by The Medina Creative

Mexican Cookies by El Gallo Bakery

Swag Bags and Raffles

The Medina Creative

Fire Place Candles

Pipsnacks

That’s What She Said Quote Shop

Mama Love Collective

L.A Fashion Magazine

Check out Jan’s Spring for more pictures!

-Love

Ruby

 

 

 

Shopping with an infant made easy: A Binxy Baby Review

I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.

I thought wearing Dahlia on a carrier would make my shopping trips run a little more smoothly but I found a product that makes it easier! If you haven’t heard about the Binxy Baby Hammock then you are not alone. More people need to know about the Binxy Baby Hammock!

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Dahlia is at the age where she wants to explore her surroundings. I want her to see all the colors, textures, sounds and social activity going on around her. The Binxy Baby Hammock allows her to do that while we shop.

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This cute invention comes in different colors and designs to fit your style. It fits standard shopping carts and can hold up to 50lbs and is perfect for babies who are not yet sitting up. We have about one more month of use but the low price was totally worth it. We will be definitely adding the Binxy Baby Hammock to our best babyshower gifts list!

-Ruby

We are going to the California Strawberry Festival + Give Away

I’m excited that I will finally have the opportunity to visit the California Strawberry Festival! May is always super busy for us with birthday parties and weddings but for once we will have the weekend all to ourselves. The weekend of May 20th and 21st we will be taking mini road trip to Oxnard. It’s only an hour away from Los Angeles and I’m looking forward to eating lots of strawberries in as many delicious forms as possible and taking lots of cute pictures. Strawberries and babies! OMG.

Known as the “belle of all things berrilicious” it’s an event of epic proportions covering 15 acres with 50 food booths, live concerts, 200+ arts & crafts exhibitors, cooking demonstrations and best of all Strawberryland for Kids with rides and attractions. The Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest encourages infants up to four years of age to participate to win prizes! You know Ji and Dahlia will be first in line to participate. Ji is already practicing her best strawberry impression moves!

I want to give one lucky reader the opportunity to join in on the fun too! Comment your favorite way to eat strawberries and you’ll be entered to win a family FOUR pack. Visit my Instagram page for double the chances!

Hours: 10:00am to 6:30pm.

LOCATION: Strawberry Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard. Oxnard is 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 miles south of Santa Barbara. Free park ‘n’ ride shuttles run from convenient locations just off the 101 freeway offer direct access. Limited parking is available on site for $10.

ADMISSION:  Adults: $12; seniors 62+, active military and dependents with ID card: $8; Youths (5-12): $5, Free for kids 4 and under.

Check out my Instastories to follow our family adventure to The California Strawberry Festival!

 Official Handle & Hashtag:      @castrawfestival #CAStrawberryFestival

 

See you there!

-Ruby


Contest ends on Friday, May 12th. Winner will be announced on Sunday May 14th.

 

 

Milestone Baby Cards Review

I was given the product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I’m often comparing all the things I am doing differently with the girls.  Just the other day I was going through Ji’s baby pictures and trying to figure out when some of them were taken.  I recorded her milestones in a very old school way.  I wrote the date and milestone on that back of each picture!   Dahlia on the other hand,  has her milestones recorded in the picture itself.   This time around, I’m  using the super cute baby cards by Milestone Baby.

Milestone Baby Cards 6 weeks old

Milestone Baby makes super cute cards that make that help you commemorate special moments and also make for thoughtful congratulatory gifts.  They have collections for weddings, pregnancies, toddlers and even twins!

Milestone Baby Cards 8 weeks

I also love that they offer free printables for those first holidays and other national days.  Milestone Baby cards come in 22 languages so there is a collection for everyone.

 

How do you record your baby’s milestones? Not on the back of a picture, right?

 

-Ruby

 

Rapunzel Inspired DYI Flower Crowns + Give Away

Ji’s hair is getting really long. I mean down to her waist long. I’ve been wondering if it’s time to do the first haircut thing but she doesn’t budge.  There’s no way she’s going to do it now after watching the new Rapunzel TV movie. We received an advanced copy of it to review and she has a new favorite princess, so of course, she wants to be just like her now. Long hair and all.
To help her become Rapunzel we sat down and made flower crowns. I’ve always bought them but after making them ourselves there is no way I will do it again. So many possibilities!
1. Pick your flowers. I bought 3 different types.
how to make rapunzel flowercrown
2. Separate artificial flowers from the stem.  I forgot to take a picture but you will need to first glue a piece of felt fabric on the headband and then glue the flowers onto that.
3. Let dry for a few minutes and tada! Instant princess!

Read below to find out more about the release of  

Rapunzel, the Effervescent Barefoot Princess with Magical Blonde Hair

and enter to win your own copy for the princess in your life!

With Original Theatrical Voice Cast Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi Reprising Their Roles!
 
Includes the TV Movie, Plus Four Animated Shorts and a FREE Exclusive Rapunzel Replica Journal
Synopsis: After all those years stuck in a tower, everyone’s favorite “barefoot princess” (Mandy Moore) yearns to make up for lost time. With the help of her true love Eugene (Zachary Levi), pals Pascal and Maximus and daring new friend Cassandra, Rapunzel postpones her wedding and royal duties to defy danger and boldly explore life beyond Corona’s walls. Sparkling with fun, adventure and music from the legendary Alan Menken, Tangled Before Ever After is a magical movie event!!
Voice Cast: Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”) as Rapunzel; Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Eugene, formerly known as Flynn Rider; Eden Espinosa (Broadway’s “Wicked”) as Cassandra; Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Rapunzel’s mother, Queen Arianna; and Clancy Brown (“Sofia the First”) as Rapunzel’s father, King Frederic.
Subtitles: English SDH, French & Spanish
Bring Home on Disney DVD April 11th

Comment below the age of when you gave your child their first haircut and be entered to win a copy! 

Get social with CityMoms App

I started the blog because I wanted to share all the fun events I was experiencing with Ji. Every month I would post a long list of events around Los Angeles that I thought would be fun for families to attend. I love sharing information with my readers but that list would take me hours to create and post, plus, not to mention hours on top of hours of research!

 

A few months ago, I was introduced to Citymoms app, and I loved it. Why didn’t I come up with this idea?! It’s a free app where you can find tons of activities for you and the kids to do. It’s really easy to use and it has a great filter feature so that you can find activities and events based on age and location. The location part is the my favorite because driving around Los Angeles can take hours, so the closer the better for me!

The Citymoms app also hosts free events around the city. I love that because I’m all about the FREE events! As a matter of fact, I will be hosting an event with them on April 13th at The Great Escape Club. Save the date and RSVP through the CityMoms app. You will be entered to win prizes!

Try CityMom app to get ahead of the game and plan your activities now, meet new friends and have some fun.

 Take advantage and use my promo code lamamacita50 for 50% off your first month’s membership!

See you soon!
-Ruby