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?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 Helms: Very 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 approvalfrom 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
All of our special guests were treated to delicious treats like mimosas and these yummy Mexican cookies.
Everyone 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!
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.
Every mamacita in attendance went home with swag bag filled with goodies like make-up, candles and jewelry.
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.
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!