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.

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How do you get your kids to eat their veggies?

-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.

 

 

Mini Holiday Gift Guide for Everyone On Your List + Give Aways

I received all of the products below in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

This Holiday season will be a very busy one for me. I’ll be at the end of my pregnancy when Thanksgiving comes along and have a newborn baby when Christmas arrives, so shopping for hours on end at a mall won’t exactly be on my priority list. Baby or not, I’m a minimalist and like to keep things as simple as possible, especially when it comes to gift giving, but it doesn’t mean the gifts have to be boring! So, if you are just like me, and like to keep your life stress free, check out the Mini Holiday Gift Guide I have created. Keep checking because I will keep adding items to the list as I come across them.

For a man in your life: Jord Wood Watches 

Looking for a great gift for a special man in your life? Whether it’s for your husband, boyfriend, dad or BFF, a cool watch is always a good idea. My husband received this unique watch as an early Christmas gift and he is just loving it. He especially likes how light it feels on his wrist and how he can dress up anything he is wearing with just one accessory.  They also have women’s watches and I’m starting to think we should get a matching set!

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Enter to win $75 credit toward a watch of your choice! All entries will receive an automatic $20 credit just for entering. 

For a special someone in your life: Curated gift boxes from Thoughtfully 

Whether you are looking for a special and unique gift for the baker, tequila, coffee or even sauce lover in your life, Thoughtfully has you covered! They offer carefully curated and beautifully wrapped gift sets for everyone if your life. I received this awesome Chip Chip Hooray! Box and just love it. Tell you the truth I would have been happy just with the cutest whisk ever  and everything else is the chocolate chip on top!

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For the entire family: Tickets to a Musical

Why not save yourself the time and give a family the gift of time with each other?  Tickets to a play, concert or musical is a fun way to cross an entire family off a list!  If you live in the Los Angeles area RudolphThe “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest running and highest rated holiday television special will be live on stage with the critically acclaimed Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical (www.rudolphthemusical.com) at Dolby Theatre on December 23rd and 24th for 4 performances .

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Use the discount code below to purchase tickets for special families in your life. 

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Comment “Rudolph” below to win your very own 4-pack! 

 

 

I hope that these ideas make shopping for everyone on your list easier! Don’t forget to enter all of the give aways to treat yourself to an awesome gift. You deserve it!

 

-Ruby


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Crunchy Fall Salad Recipe

Colorful Fall Salad

If you know me, you know I love salads! Today’s lunch consisted of a super easy, super crunchy, yummy salad that I threw together in less than 5 minutes. It’s part of my don’t stress the small things and just relax and enjoy life and this pregnancy plan. I’ve found that I shouldn’t worry too much about making the perfect meal everyday. I have plenty of healthy ingredients in my pantry and fridge and even if I throw a bunch of different ingredients together, it’s bound to be yummy. Well, lets hope so!

I looked in my fridge and found

Pre-Washed and Pre-cut Kale

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and a purple cabbage that needed to be used ASAP.

I also keep an old popcorn tin full of different salad toppings, nuts and seeds. I grabbed salted sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, which I roasted over medium heat on the stove for about 3 minutes and then sprinkled with a  little bit of Himalayan salt. I found a can of garbanzo beans in the pantry and decided to add that in for extra protein. The result? This beautiful colorful and delicious salad.

Colorful Fall Salad

 

Ingredients:

Kale

Romaine Lettuce

Purple Cabbage

Canned Garbanzo Beans

Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower Seed

Ranch Dressing

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Enjoy!

-Ruby 

Yummy Spoonfuls launching in Target stores on June 12

Fresh and nutritious food is important for the entire family – but finding time to make homemade meals day after day can be a challenge for parents. To make life easier and healthier, Target is proud to announce a partnership with Yummy Spoonfuls. Launching in nearly all Target stores on June 12, Yummy Spoonfuls will feature 31 exclusive, organic, flash-frozen baby and toddler foods.

I had a friend ask me the other how I introduced solids to Ji because she admires that my two-year old eats healthy. I can definitely take that compliment! Do you know any other toddler who loves raw kale? Yes, she loves kale and arugula salads. I remember introducing her to vegetables first and waiting on the veggies until a few weeks later. I believe that’s how she grew to love her veggies. I made all of her food but now with another on the way, I’m not sure that I will have the time to puree, mash and freeze baby food along with all of the chores and work duties, so I’m happy that there is new line that I can count on when I’m running short on time.

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Co-founded by moms and entrepreneurs Camila Alves McConaughey and Agatha Achindu, Yummy Spoonfuls was inspired by their own childhoods eating fresh and organic foods grown in their native countries, Brazil and Cameroon. Now these flash-frozen meals make it easy and healthy for all families to provide natural and nutritious foods for their children.

We had the opportunity to attend the official launch event in Beverly Hills on June 8th and try most of the yummy flavors! Ji’s favorite so far is apple. Just apple!

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L.A Mamacita Team with Co-Founders

 

 

 

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Additional details about Yummy Spoonfuls at Target below:

  • Meals are designed in three stages to address each of a baby’s specific developmental milestones and nutritional needs
  • The line is certified organic, non-GMO and contains zero additives
  • Flash-freezing technology locks in nutrients and flavors at their peak of freshness without the need for preservatives or over-processing
  • It’s an easy solution for parents on-the-go or those who are in a time crunch (meals can be ready in just 60 seconds!). Yummy Spoonfuls will be available in the grocery freezer aisle at nearly all Target stores and is the first flash-frozen organic baby food to be offered at mass retail

The full Yummy Spoonfuls collection will be available in Target stores starting June 12, with prices ranging from $2.29 to $9.49.

A Sunday Morning at Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles

I spend a lot of time in Downtown Los Angeles. I have an office there; I worked in the jewelry district when I was younger, and I do most of my shopping at the fashion district. It’s also the place where I held my wedding reception.  We even named all the guests tables after Downtown Los Angeles street names. Let’s just say; it’s a big part of my life, and I love it. These days my favorite place to visit is Grand Park. I’ve been taking Ji there for the past year or so. They have many special events throughout the year, have a fun playground and a water fountain that doubles as a splash pad for the kids. It’s a perfect place for a fun day with the family. A couple of weeks ago we decided to spend our Sunday morning there.

Before heading to the park, we stopped at Ledlow for breakfast. We were quickly seated, and our food was delicious. I especially loved the pancakes that we ordered for Ji.

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Ledlow Table

 We then took a stroll down on Main Street to walk off our food and to show Ji where we held our wedding reception.

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Six years ago we had our reception at the Old Farmers & Merchants bank. It is not typically a event space and mostly serves a backdrop  for film shoots and commercials.

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After our walk, we drove a few blocks north to Grand Park. You won’t find street parking, but there is local lots on 1st and Temple that charge $10 for the entire day. You can also take the Metro and get dropped off right in the front steps of Grand Park! You can take  Red/Purple Line to the Civic Center/Grand Park stop.

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Grand Park Reading

I grabbed a book from their Little Libraries nook and tried to read but it was too complicated for me! Either way, I relaxed while listening to the water fall in the background. Daddy and Ji were off running around. It was a bit chilly so the plan was to stay out of the water….

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but over on the Music Center part of the park. It was too hard to resist….

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Music Center Statue

Ji had so much fun chasing water but we had one more stop! The playground! We just had to walk over to the car first and put on some dry warm  clothes.

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I was having too much fun playing and watching Ji that I didn’t take any pictures of this part of the day but the playground is so cute and modern. It looks like a tree house and the floor of the playground is super soft. You’ll find the playground between Broadway and Spring Streets (closer to 1st Street).

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Grand Park is located at

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Is there a place in L.A that you absolutely love to visit over and over? Do tell!

 

About Ji’s Outfit: Shirt and Shoes- Old Navy; Pants- Zara; Jacket Gap Kids.

Ledlow is located at the corner of 4th and Main Streets in Downtown, Los Angeles.

Fresas, Crema and Honey Nut Cheerios Recipe

 

 

This is a sponsored post but all opinions expressed are my own.

I’ve been on a sugar free, low carb diet for a couple of weeks now but have been itching for something sweet. I knew that if I was going to cheat, it had to be with something good. Because Dia Del Los Niños is coming up and I’ve been reminiscing about my childhood, I decided to make fresas con crema topped off with my all time favorite cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios. We didn’t go to a lot of fancy restaurants when we were little but we sure did enjoy when my mom would take us to buy fresh strawberries and crème at the local indoor swapmeet.

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 To make this yummy dessert you will need the following ingredients:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Plain Yogurt
  3. Sweet Condensed Milk
  4. Toppings: I used crushed almonds and Honey Nut Cheerios

 

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First step: Wash and cut the strawberries

Second step: Scoop about two spoons of yogurt per person

Third step: Mix half a spoon of condensed milk per per person in with the yogurt into a large bowl

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Fourth step: Pour yogurt and condensed milk mix into a small cup, top with strawberries, nuts of your choice and cereal. I used Honey Nut Cheerios but I also recommend Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms or even Trix!

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The best part about this dessert is that it takes minutes to make and I found all of the ingredients in one trip to my local  Wal-Mart.  Plus, it was  a great bonding activity for the whole family. My little helper had a blast putting her cup together!

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20160427_210039You can find fun and easy recipes for Dia De Los Ninos at www.quericavida.com and for more inspiration check out this awesome Pinterest board!

What food or dessert makes you reminisce about your childhood? Do you make it for your children?