A Minnie Mouse Luau

On July 25th Disney will release Minnie’s Happy Helpers on DVD! I’m excited about it because Ji is at the age where she can help me out with small chores. She’s even beginning to ask for paid gigs because she is saving up to go to Disneyland!

To help promote the DVD, L.A Mamacitas got together for a fun Minnie Mouse themed luau!

When Minnie and Daisy aren’t racing around Hot Dog Hills, they’re helping their friends with fun, odd jobs as The Happy Helpers. And no task is too big or too small for them to tackle! With a quick spin in their Turn-Styler, the Happy Helpers are ready for anything that comes their way. Whether they’re babysitting an egg that’s about to hatch, planning the perfect luau for a client, or fixing London’s Big Ben just in time for tea, Minnie and Daisy are ready to go the extra mile, with a song and a smile! 

This Minnie Mouse luau was so much fun to put together. Since the theme was already decided the next thing was putting together the color scheme, the menu, activities and you must always, ALWAYS have beautiful backdrop for both the food and for guests to take pictures.

Minnie Mouse Luau Signange

Minnie Mouse Luau Party

I’m not a big fan of primary colors so you’ll notice that most of my parties always include a variation of purples, pinks and teals.

Luau Pinwheel Decor

Our Minnie Mouse Luau took place at 11AM so the menu consisted of light snacks. Our guests were treated to coconut donuts, Hawaiian rolls and chips, pineapple juice and delicious coconut, pineapple, orange and lemon ice cream in their fruit shells.

Luau Flamingos

 

Hawaiian Rolls Decor

pineapple ice cream in its shell

The kids were entertained with blocks, bubbles and a drum that also served a décor.

Minnie Mouse Luau Kids Playing

Minnie Mouse Luau Outfit

Minnie Mouse Luau Backdrop

Every mamacita invited also received a goody bag with a copy of Minnie’s Happy Helpers and other fun items like bubbles, earrings and a pineapple keychain.

Minnie's Happy Helpers DVD

Minnie Mouse Luau Gift Bags

Minnie Mouse Luau Gift Bag

If you are throwing a Summer Party, Luau or Minnie Mouse themed event, I hope that you have found inspiration in this post. Minnie’s Happy Helpers was our inspiration and everything came together perfectly!

Minnie’s Happy Helpers makes for a cute gift for any little girl. It also comes with a magnetic “helper” chart. It’s perfect to get your little helper organized!

Enjoy!

 

-Ruby

A big thank you to Disney for sponsoring this party!

 

 

 

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Inspired Outing

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Have you all checked out the trailer to VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS? It’s looks like SO much fun! All the colors, the effects, the futuristic images! Ji saw it and now she wants to be an astronaut. Last week, she wanted to be a Firefighter! She’s a  little too young to check out the film but being that I want to foster her interests, I thought it would be fun to take a little fieldtrip to the closest thing to space; The California Science Center. We also invited a few other moms from our L.A Mamacita network and made a fieldtrip out of it!

mommy group at california science center

Mommies at Endeavour

We focused on the Endeavour exhibition and it was a lot of fun. I’m not much of a scholar but it was interesting to learn more about space through interactive activities. They have a really cool Endeavour simulator ride. I rode it with two other moms and I really felt like I was away in space. I was so happy when we “made it back” from our “long” trip.

Endeavour Simulator

moms at endeveaour simulator

Just when we thought we were done, I realized that we would actually be checking out the real Endeavour! It’s SO big. It just didn’t seem real to me but it was great to see an artifact that will down in history!

Are you getting excited about space too? This Valerian inspired field trip was so much fun for both the kids and the adults but I want more so I’ll be making it a date night with the hubby and checking out the film!

kids at Endeavour exhibition

About VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

Synopsis: 
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS  is out on Friday, July 21st.

See you there!!!

A Sunday in Barrio Logan

This past weekend we took a road trip from Los Angeles to San Diego. Well, I’m not sure if it’s technically a road trip since we go very often to visit family and friends. I lived in San Diego during my college years and that’s where my husband and I met. Every time we go, I like to explore a different part of the city. It’s not a huge place but while living there, I spent most of my weekends at the Gaslamp District and didn’t really appreciate everything else the beautiful city has to offer.

We arrived on Saturday night and we still didn’t have plans so I asked my husband what city he thought would be cute and trendy.  I’m always looking for colorful shots for my Instagram page! Don’t judge. Anyway, he mentioned North Park but although I love North Park, I’ve been there done that. Being from East L.A, I asked what would be the equivalent of East L.A in San Diego. He mentioned Barrio Logan and I said, Yes! drive me there! We drove by Chicano Park into a cute and colorful block. It was definitely the East L.A of San Diego. However, I was hungry, engorged and practically dressed in pajamas so we decided to come back the next day.

 

It was such a great idea to go to Barrio Logan on Sunday morning! We spotted a cute coffee shop called “Por Vida” a taco place called “Salud” and a flea market all in one little block. It was so easy. First, we stopped at Por Vida for some coffee. My hubby had the house coffee and I had a Mazapan Iced Coffee. Mine was delicious! The atmosphere was great as they had music blaring. I loved that they were playing oldies because it took me back to my teenage years.

Frida Coffee

We then proceeded to the flea marker next door. I found so many cute things! But the best thing I found was a vendor by the name of “Gold Digger Crafts” she sells Mexican inspired accessories for kids. I bought the cutest bibs for Dahlia. I was so excited to have found her and as I was walking away, I mentioned to my husband that I wish I could find a vendor like her to come and sell at our next L.A Mamacita event. I’m a strong believer in speaking to the universe because as he looked at her business card, he noticed the address. El Sereno. OMG!!!

barrio logan flea market

We then headed to Salud for some yummy San Diego style tacos. I’m trying to do the whole vegan diet for this month but I decided that I was going to cheat. I didn’t care at all. I ordered one veggie taco, a carne asada taco and a delicious drink called “Horchata Hooch” none of it disappointed! So so so good! I will definitely be going back and ordering some seafood. Their shrimp cocktails looked mouthwatering.

San Diego Style Tacos

Horchata Alcoholic Drink

Some people called me “brave” for venturing into this barrio. I’m from the hood myself so it’s all good. We will definitely be going back to San Diego and plan on exploring Chicano Park.

 

By the way, come and check out Gold Diggers Crafts at our event on July 30th!!! Follow our Instagram page for more updates. 

Frida Kahlo Mural

Have you been to San Diego? What’s your favorite thing to do there? 

-Ruby

 

 

 

Water Fun at Santa Fe Dam

My best childhood memories were spent at Santa Fe Dam in Irwindale. No one in the family had a big backyard so on special occasions like Fourth of July or Memorial Day weekend the whole family got together there.  The best part is that it’s only 20-30 minutes away from Los Angeles.  You can bike, fish, rent a boat and they even have a man made beach. That was always my favorite part.  My new favorite amenity is the kid’s splash pad.

We visited the splashpad last weekend and had a blast!! The best part about it is that it’s practically hidden in the back of the park so I’m letting you in on a cool Los Angeles little secret! We were one of four families there. The surrounding area is not as nice looking as the rest of the park. That area of the park must have suffered severely from  California drought because it looked liked it had been burned down. Either way, we had lots of family fun in this hidden gem!

So here’s the important info you’ll need to make a fun day out of it!

Parking is $10 per car. Arrive early because if the park reaches capacity they will close for a few hours. We arrived at 1 PM and barely made it in. My friend came around two and didn’t make it until 4 PM. The splash pad is located next to parking lot 5. They have an hour and half sessions. That was the perfect amount for us but you can stay for more sessions if you would like. They charge $2 per person (even little babies) and everyone must have a bathing suit on. Even if you don’t plan to get in the water.  I did like that they let us set up our canopy and blankets on the grassy area inside. Dahlia took a good nap while the hubby and I took turns playing with Ji in the water.

Once we had our fun in the water park we drove to another area that was close to a playground and set up a picnic. As soon as Ji has her swimming lessons we will definitely be spending time in the beach area this Summer. Especially because it’s the perfect halfway point to meet up with my Inland Empire friends.

Do you have a favorite Los Angeles Recreational Area?

 

I would love to check it out!

 

See you there,

 

Ruby 

Summer Memories at Barnes & Noble

Summer is here and I’m super excited to make new memories. If you’ve been reading my blog posts you know that I’m always on a look out for fun and free activities that I can do with the kids to create those memories. You also know that I immediately share my cool finds with you!

Today we headed out to Barnes & Noble. It’s one of my new favorite places to spend an afternoon at. Yes, a whole afternoon! They host awesome events and bring major authors, actors, musicians and other celebrities to stores across the country. The hubby and I like to grab a Starbucks coffee (they have them in store!), read to the babes in the kids play area, let Ji play and make new friends or just take it easy and walk around looking for cool new books to add to our collection.

 Barnes & Noble Americana Balcony View

On my Summer reading list is Kevin Hart’s book I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I recently had the opportunity to interview him and was so inspired by his words that I just have to know more about his journey. He’s one of the authors who will be at Barnes & Noble, so if you want to meet him too, I suggest grabbing his book and going to one of his book signings. Trust me, you’ll want to meet him!

I really want my readers to take part in the fun, so I’m going to give away a $20 Gift Card to one lucky person, so that you can buy your favorite celebrity’s book and meet them! Click here to find events near you and let me know which one you want to attend by commenting on this blog post.

Barnes & Noble Starbucks Coffee Logo

See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Contest Ends on June 29th 11:59PM Pacific Time.

 

Disney’s Bambi 75th Anniversary DVD Release

The one movie I’ve been wanting to share with Ji is finally re-releasing. I received an advanced copy and made into a mommy and me movie night. I love that I could reminisce about my childhood with my little girl.
 
Bambi,” which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, joins the Walt Disney Signature Collection on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on May 23, and on Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on June 6.  The Collection release includes a variety of new bonus material, including recordings of Walt Disney discussing the challenges and triumphs during the production of “Bambi;” deleted scenes and characters; stories and effects that “Bambi” had on the Studio, other films and artists; and much, much more. 
If you are looking for a cute graduation gift for your kindergartener this is the perfect gift. They may have never heard of Bambi before but they will soon fall in love!

-Ruby & Ji

Laughs and Inspiration with the cast of Captain Underpants

Warning: If you take your kids to see Captain Underpants they will have two new favorite words. POOPY PANTS! They will also giggle like crazy and it will remind you that life is all about having fun!

I talked all things Captain Underpants with the cast Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, Thomas Middleditch and the team behind the movie: Director David Soren, Creator Dav Pilkey and producer Mireille Soria. It was so much fun to be able to pick the brains of these funny and creative people!

Captain Underpants Film Crew

LAM: I’m involved with an agency that provides creative arts mentoring to youth. Dav did you have a mentor who helped you with your comics growing up?

Dav Pilkey: I did not. What I had was a lot of energy and behavioral problems. They did not have a name for it then but it’s ADHD. I used all of that energy and used it to create comic books.

LAM: Let’s talk life. My husband asked if I get nervous coming to these interviews. Of course I do. Kevin, you sell out football stadiums! Is there anything in life that still makes you nervous?

Kevin Hart:  I don’t get nervous (long pause)…. I’m a big deal (long pause)…… No, of course! At the end of the day nervous energy is good energy! It’s excitement. There are tons of things I still get excited about. I’m about to have another baby. I’m nervous about that! My sperm is working!  We have a movie opening. I’m nervous and excited about that! 

and then he looked at me and spoke in such an inspiring way. Honestly you guys his energy is AMAZING!!!

Kevin Hart: Life is amazing and you should take advantage of what’s given to you! I think some people spend a lot of time focusing on what you don’t have instead of realizing what you do. I think it’s so dope that I’m responsible for bringing joy to peoples lives and I smile at. If I can make people smile, I’m making the world better in my own way. That my outlook. That’s what keeps me going!

How similar are you to your characters?

Ed HelmsVery similar. I’m upset that I’m clothed right now. (everyone laughs)

What do you hope families walk out of the theatre feeling?

Thomas Middleditch: If you are a fan of the books and if anyone is a fan of the books, I hope they think it’s a great rendition of the book. If we get the stamp of approval from Captain Underpants fans that would be great!

These interviews flew by. The time went by SO fast because we were just laughing the whole time.

Captain Underpants arrives to theatres on Friday, June 2nd. Go watch it Poopy Pants!

 

-Ruby

 

 

 

Captain Underpants Super Power Smoothie

I’m always asked how I get Ji to eat her veggies and truthfully I don’t have an answer. I got lucky because she loves them (I think it’s in her genes) but she is three years old and has her days. On those days when she is feeling picky, I hide the veggies in one of her favorite treats! Smoothies! Since we recently saw the Captain Underpants, I decided to make a smoothie with special powers. Her special power is to “read” she’s excited because drinking her smoothie is going to help her read. I like it!

Our Captain Underpants Smoothie was super easy to make. We only used three ingredients.

  1. Carrot Juice
  2. Frozen Kale
  3. Frozen Raspberries

Raspberries, Carrot Juice and Kale Smoothie Ingredients

Throw one cup juice, a handful of kale and a handful of raspberries in the blender and ta da! Captain Underpants Super Smoothie is ready and Ji approves.

girl Captain Underpants Costume

 

How do you get your kids to eat their veggies?

-Ruby

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!

kidsplay

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

 

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