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.

 

 

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.
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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! 

Elena of Avalor Ready To Rule Review + Give Away

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to interview Aimee Carrero to talk about her new role as the voice of the new Disney Princess, Elena of Avalor. I knew that the show would be a hit with little Latina girls but now I see that little girls of all walks of life love her too! I’ve seen many of Ji’s classmates proudly wearing Elena of Avalor attire and Ji loves her very much too. I know this because we recently received a copy of Elena of Avalor: Ready To Rule to review and Ji has it on repeat! I don’t mind because she’ll ask to watch it in English and then a second time in Spanish.

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ELENA OF AVALOR: READY TO RULE

 

 

Includes Four Full Episodes and
a FREE Exclusive Projecting Scepter – A Great Holiday Gift!

 

Synopsis:  Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, “Elena of Avalor” tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen. Elena’s journey leads her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders.

Parents will recognize the All- Star Voice Cast too!

Aimee Carrero (Freeform’s “Young & Hungry”) as Princess Elena; Jenna Ortega (Disney Channel’s “Stuck in the Middle”) as Princess Isabel; Chris Parnell (TV’s “Saturday Night Live, ” “Archer”) as Migs; Yvette Nicole Brown (TV’s “Community”) as Luna; Carlos Alazraqui (“Inside Out”) as Skylar; Emiliano Díez (TV’s “George Lopez”) as Francisco; Julia Vera (TV’s “General Hospital”) as Luisa; Christian Lanz (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Chancellor Esteban;
Jillian Rose Reed (TV’s “Awkward”) as Naomi; Joseph Haro (TV’s “Awkward”) as Mateo; Jorge Diaz (“The 33”) as Gabe; Keith Ferguson (“Inside Out”) as Zuzo; and Joe Nunez (“Bridesmaids”) as Armando.

Do your kids love Princess Elena too? 

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Visit us on Instagram for chance  to win your very own copy of Ready to Rule! 

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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cookiegiftsetComment “thoughtfully” below to win your very own box!

 

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. 

or

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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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION REVIEW AND GIVE AWAY

What do you do when your toddler wants to watch “Beauty and The Beast” twice a day?  Well, if you are me, you sit down and watch it with her! I hate to admit that prior to receiving a complimentary copy of the Walt Disney Signature Collection version, I had never watched the film before. I sure am making up for lost time though! As I type this blog post, the movie is playing in the background. Today Ji is watching it with her cousin who came over for a playdate, but I’m still singing along!

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In honor of the films 25th Anniversary, The Walt Disney Signature Collection edition features four versions of “Beauty and the Beast.”  The Blu-ray release includes the original theatrical film; an extended version with the “Human Again” song sequence and a never-before-released on home entertainment sing-along version.  But most importantly to me, it includes a Spanish version of the film. If Ji is going to watch the movie over and over, she might as well know the story in both English and Spanish!

Other Bonus Features:

BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:

  • Menken & Friends: 25 Years of Musical Inspiration – Get a front-row seat for an intimate discussion between legendary music composers from classic and future Disney films, including Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin”), Stephen Schwartz (“The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Pocahontas”), Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”), Robert Lopez (“Frozen,” Disney’s upcoming “Gigantic”) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Disney’s upcoming “Moana”). Discover how the composers are personally connected, how they first experienced “Beauty and the Beast” and how they find inspiration for their own films. And watch as they pay tribute to the film’s award-winning music score and the man who has inspired them all—Alan Menken.

 

  • #1074: Walt, Fairy Tales & Beauty and the Beast – Long before “Beauty and the Beast” became the instant classic we know and love, Walt Disney made two attempts—between the 1930s and 1950s—to adapt the famous fairy tale into an animated film. Discover what Walt and his team was dreaming up through Walt’s actual voice recordings, archived artwork, story notes, and learn why the project was sidelined for decades.

 

  • Always Belle – The original voice of Belle, Paige O’Hara, reminisces about earning the role of the beautiful bookworm in “Beauty and the Beast” and recalls how the iconic character changed her life and continues to inspire fans both young and old.

 

  • The Recording Sessions – Go in the recording booth with the cast of Beauty and the Beast and see what went into adding voices to the characters and the lines we know and love.

 

  • 25 Fun Facts About Beauty and the Beast – Disney Channel’s Gus Kamp and Kayla Maisonet host this entertaining countdown featuring little-known fun facts, anecdotes and hidden Easter Eggs (references to Disney animated films and characters) from one of the most cherished animated films of all time.

 

  • “Beauty and The Beast” Sneak Peek – An exciting first look into the live-action re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast,” which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

 

I love that Ji has a new favorite movie as it gives me another excuse to lay down and cuddle with her. Even if it means that she calls her daddy and I “Beauty and The Beast” now. ha!

Give Away!

One my readers will receive a complimentary copy of the Disney’s Beloved Animated Classic Signature Collection Edition of “Beauty and The Beast”! Just leave a comment below and let me know when was the first time you saw the film!

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I will pick a random winner on Thursday, 9/29.

Good luck!

FX Presents Better Things + Give Away!

Better Things FX Gift Basket
This post is sponsored by FX Networks and Better Things, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own

I just watched the first episode of Better Things, the new FX series that  sheds light on those days when you’re sleep-deprived and overwhelmed – and feeling maybe… perhaps… a little less than your best. It follows a trendy L.A Mom (just like you and me) and her daily struggles trying to make life happen for her and three young kids. I was hooked 10 seconds into the show. I don’t have a three kids, let alone a teenager but I could totally see bits and pieces of myself through her character. You can check out up to two full episodes here: https://ooh.li/a0b0d4f

Did you watch it? Are you hooked?!

What did you relate to?

I could totally relate to the first scene where she is letting her youngest daughter cry and throw a tantrum over earrings. She is showing tough love but then shows another side by offering to buy her a snack. The scene was funny and endearing!

and, how about the scene where she is driving with her teenage daughter and Max, the daughter turns around and asks mom to buy her weed. Her exact words were, “don’t you want me to have clean, organic pot?” Wow! I wouldn’t know what to say. I would secretly be thinking that I don’t  want her to smoke pot but if she did, I would prefer it to be clean and organic. ha!

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I also loved the daughters names. Duke, Frankie and Max. How cool is that?!

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Seriously, check out the show now! Watch it here:  https://ooh.li/a0b0d4f

and let me know what you most related to in the comments below. I will pick one comment and crown them the  winner of a Better Things gift basket that contains the following items!

• Ray-Ban Sunglasses
• Chipolo bluetooth keyring
• Leather Clutch for mom’s things
• Emergency Beauty Kit
• Hypoallergenic travel pillow
• Ultra-Soft travel pillow protector
• Essential Oils Blend Mini
• Skinny Lip Balm
• “Credit Card” Mints

Better Things FX Gift Basket
One winner takes all!

Click here to watch : https://ooh.li/a0b0d4f

and then comment below! Good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Blush Maternity Review and Give Away

Pink Maternity Dress with Gold Sandals

Gender Reveals, hiring a doula, breastfeeding are just a few things on my to do different this time around list. Another thing I want to do differently with this pregnancy? I want to look good! I work from home, so sweats, old shirts and my hair in a bun is the standard uniform but on the weekends when I’m out and about, I need to look presentable, picture ready and more than anything… I want to be comfortable! When I was pregnant with Ji, I  couldn’t find cute maternity clothes. I wore regular oversized clothes that just didn’t hug me or support me in the right places! Well, thank goodness I found PinkBlush Maternity! They sent me this cute dress, and I’m in love with it!

Pink Maternity Dress with Gold Sandals

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I’m in love with the dress because my baby bump looks so cute! It’s comfortable (I wore it last Sunday in our 80 something Los Angeles hot weather and I never once got hot!) Not even when I was carrying my almost 3-year-old around or skipping around with her. I also love that it is simple enough to dress up or dress down, and the color is so vibrant!

Mommy and Me Pink Matching Dresses

Mommy and Me Maternity Photoshoot with Pink Dresses

I will definitely be shopping for more maternity dresses in the coming weeks, and I need a shopping buddy! So…

I’m  teaming up with PinkBlush and giving away a 

$75 gift card to one lucky winner!

Don’t worry, if you are not pregnant, they also have baby gear and other fun accessories.

Comment below with your due date or any your favorite maternity clothes to be entered to win! You can also enter on my Instagram page for more chances to win!

Good luck!

-Ruby

*Disclaimers:
1. I was given this dress in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
2 .If you have won a give away with PinkBlush in the past 3 months you will not be able to enter this give away at this time.

 

*This Give Away is now closed*

Congratulations Mariana Diaz!