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

 

 

 

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

Fiesta Time with Freshly Picked Moccasins

Hot Pink Freshly Picked
This post is sponsored by Freshly Picked; All opinions expressed are my own.

Last weekend, Dahlia attended her first party. It was a Fiesta theme, and the host requested that guests dress up in bright colors. Because it’s been so rainy and cold in L.A, I was excited for the chance to get out of the house and dress up the baby for everyone to meet her. She had just received a brand new pair of neon pink Freshly Picked mocassins, and I knew they would be perfect for the fiesta.

Hot Pink Freshly Picked

 

 

 

 

Hot Pink Moccasins

Roses and MoccsI paired the moccasins with an orange onesie “La Favorita De La Familia” (Our Family’s Favorite) and a huge statement rose hairpiece for laughs and baby cuteness.

La Favorita De La Familia Onesie

Fiesta Baby Outfit
Of course, there is no truth to her being the favorite but who doesn’t love a funny quote!

Freshly Picked Fiesta Theme Outfit

I had so much fun dressing up and taking pictures of my little senorita in her bright outfit. She was definitely the hit of the fiesta!

 

Adios, 

-Ruby 

Our Fiesta Themed Baby Shower + Give Away

Finally! I’m recapping our recent baby shower! It was everything that I hoped it would be. It was a fun, colorful and intimate baby shower as I hoped. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I don’t really start off with a theme or color scheme when I throw a party. They usually evolve based on one factor. Our deciding factor to go with a Mexican Fiesta decor was the location of our baby shower. I didn’t want any of my family members to have to worry about decorating, serving or cleaning so we picked a local restaurant and it just so happened to be a Mexican place. Our Mexican fiesta theme was born! Then came the colorful and girly invitations and our color scheme was born. I wanted to avoid the baby shower feeling or looking like a Cinco De Mayo party and I knew that we could pull it off even if the color scheme was pink, purple and gold.

Fiesta Baby Shower Invitation

 

Los Angeles Baby Shower Venue

El Gallo Grill in East Los Angeles has the perfect patio and it was the ideal setting for our outdoor baby shower brunch.

Flower Clips for Babyshower

Our guests were all greeted with a flower to wear on their hair. All of my friends and family looked so beautiful and it set the mood for the big Mexican brunch.

Clothes Pins Baby Shower Game

They also received mini clothes pins as part of a baby shower game. Whoever collected the most received a grand prize at the end of the baby shower. The rules: Don’t say “baby” or cross your legs or arms or someone could take your pin away!

 Fun Baby Shower Game

My friend and member of my L.A Mamacita Mommy Group won the grand prize or grand bottle! It was filled with shower essentials, comfy socks, nail polish and a Starbucks gift card.

Baby Food Baby Shower Game

In between eating a big Mexican breakfast  made up a red and green chilaquiles, huevos con chorizo, carne and pollo asado, potatoes, rice, beans, delicious pan dulce and jarritos ( I’m sad I didn’t get pictures of the food) the guests played other fun baby shower games. A blindfolded partner fed “the baby”, guessed the size of my belly, drew their best baby pictures and even raced to drink cerveza from a baby bottle while dressed like a big baby.

Measure the belly fun baby shower game

Measure the belly baby shower game

She thought I was huge!!!

Beer Drinking Baby Shower Game

The Decor

Fiesta Baby Shower Decoration

Because we already had the perfect Mexican patio setting, I didn’t feel like we needed a whole lot of decor. We used four simple items to decorate the tables. On a trip the pinata district (I shopped at the first store I entered and made it work) I grabbed these mini burro pinatas (that we later spray painted), the zarape placemats and the paper flowers. We were originally going to use succulents as centerpieces but I found these vases at Dollar Tree and they worked out perfectly.

Mexican Themed Baby Shower Decoration

Girl Fiesta Theme Baby Shower

Colorful Fiesta Theme Baby Shower

Fiesta Baby Shower Mama Sign

Papa Fiesta Theme Decor

I loved all of the decor, the colors and the small details that made the  fun and vibrant girly Mexican fiesta theme come to life. It’s the little details that count right?! So in partnership with Woodword Design Studio who gifted and made us this custom Senorita cake topper, I would love to give one lucky reader their own!

Fiesta Baby Shower Senorita Cake Topper

Colorful Fiesta Baby Shower Decor

Take a look at the beautiful pieces that Woodword Design Studio has to offer and come back and comment which cake topper you would choose if you were to win! Would you prefer a custom design? What would it say! ? 

Give Away closes on 11/20

Many thanks to Strawberry Party Print for our invitations, Woodword Design Studio for the cake topper, El Gallo Grill and Bakery for the great service and delicious food and a HUGE thanks to my hubby for prepping all of the decor with me!

Con Amor, 

-Ruby 

 

 

 

 

DIY Dia De Los Muertos Wreath

This is sponsored post by General Mills. All opinions expressed are my own.

Fall is my favorite time of year. My birthday, Ji’s birthday, Halloween and all of the best Holidays happen in the Fall. It’s a perfect time to bond and teach Ji family traditions. The next Holiday that we are learning about is Dia De Los Muertos. I’m very proud to come from a Mexican family and it is important to me that Ji know all about it. So to observe this day, we sat down and made a fun craft and kid friendly decoration as a family.

Dia De Los Muertos Kids Craft

I gathered a few supplies that I already had plus some goodies I found at Wal-Mart and came up with a Dia De Los Muertos Wreath. It was SO easy and I can’t believe I haven’t been doing this for every Holiday!

Fun Dia De Los Muertos Activity For Kids

Both Ji and the hubby were in charge of coloring these cute skulls that I found on-line and printed to the decorate the wreath with.

Easy Dia De Los Muertos Kids Activity

DYI Paper Flower Dia De Los Muertos Wreath

You only need 5 items to make this kid friendly  Dia De Los Muertos wreath!

  1. Wreath
  2. Pre-Made Paper Flowers
  3. Coloring Pages
  4. Markers or Crayons
  5. Glue

DYI Dia De Los Muertos Wreath

Ji added her favorite Lucky charm onto the decoration to make it her own sugar skull!

More about yummy Big G Cereals here

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Cocoa-Puffs-Frosted-Corn-Cereal-20.9-oz/17203444

What is your favorite family tradition? I think we just found ours!

-Ruby

 

An American Girl Story – Melody 1963: Love Has to Win Review

I love L.A! You know why? Because I get to experience events that most likely only  happen in the city of angels. I was invited to one of those events to check out an advanced screening of An American Girl Story-Melody 1963: Love Has to Win at the Grove in West L.A. Being that Ji is only  three years old, we had yet to experience the American Girl brand or store and last week was our first taste of it. I honestly thought we were going to watch an animated film and was surprised to arrive to a red carpet event filled with stars like Anthony Anderson and Common. It was a beautiful surprise because both the film and the celebration event were very inspirational.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This post has been sponsored by KidzVuz on behalf of Amazon Studios.

  About The Film

Based in 1963 Detroit during the civil rights movement, An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win centers around 10-year old Melody whose eyes are opened to the racial inequality surrounding her, including the 1963 Birmingham Church Bombing. As a result, her belief in the “indivisible” promise of our country’s Pledge of Allegiance comes into question as she challenges her teacher on the validity of this given the horrific tragedy. After an emotional journey of self-reflection, her mother gives her the courage she needs by instilling in her that love brings out the best in everyone; reminding Melody that it’s important to “stand up for what’s right ,even when it’s hard or scary.”

Our thoughts…

Within five minutes of the screening, it got straight to the point. Melody’s mom was faced with decision to keep protecting her child from the unfair issues happening in the United States or let her daughter think that everything was nice and peachy. My daughter is only three years old, so I honestly didn’t know if I should keep letting her watch, since the issues were a little too deep for her age. I too faced the same decision as Melody’s mom. We stayed and Ji loved it. I know that deep down she didn’t understand what the storyline really was, but Melody and her mom had such a loving, playful, unconditional love type of relationship that she was able to relate. I saw our relationship in theirs and I believe Ji was able to recognize that too. The film ended with a song and for that split second of silence, all you heard was Ji’s little voice, “again” she said.

 

An American Girl Story—Melody 1963: Love Has to Win After Party at the American Girl Store

Melody 1963: Love Has To Win After Party Tickets

We were treated to an after party following the screening. I especially enjoyed the event because it was one of those rare times that my husband was able to join us. He got a little taste of my work and what’s like doing it with a toddler! Upon arriving, Ji was treated to a Melody doll! I was so busy capturing the moment for Snapchat and Instagram stories that I didn’t capture it on my camera. They also had fun and educational stations for the kids to play at and a fun photo booth with props from the movie. I didn’t know the store was filled with so many dolls of different sizes, genres and backgrounds. It was amazing to see that they have a doll for almost every little girl to relate to.

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About the cast…

The first of four original American Girl specials for Prime Video stars Marsai Martin (Black-ish) as the title character Melody, Frances Fisher (Titanic) as Miss Abbot, Frankie Faison (TheWire) as Melody’s grandfather Frank Ellison, and Idara Victor (TURN: Washington’s Spies) as Melody’s mother Frances Ellison.

An American Girl Story Melody 1963: Love Has to Win is scheduled to premiere on Friday, October 21 on Prime Video in the US and UK and I definitely encourage you to tune in with your kids!

 

-Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

The Stinky and Dirty Show debuts on Amazon September 2nd

Amazon's Stinky and Dirty Show Party Decor Ideas
This is a sponsored post. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

Last week, Ji and I were invited to a special screening and launch party of The Stinky and Dirty Show. The new animated series follows the adventures of best friends and unlikely heroes, Stinky the garbage truck and Dirty the backhoe loader, a dynamic and hilarious duo of resourcefulness that learn when things don’t go as expected, asking “what if” can lead to success. The show is based on books by Jim and Kate McMullan.

I knew Ji would be into the show because she already loves watching our garbage truck come and pick up our trash and she enjoys playing with toy cars. However,  I was surprised when she started talking to the screen! She really loved it. While watching the two episodes that they shared with us, she exclaimed, “Oh, no!” “What!?” and “Yay” out loud. That’s a huge thumbs up coming from a two year old baby girl.

We both really enjoyed the launch party as well. It was held at The Grove and the décor, food and kids activities were very fitting. Who knew a stinky theme could be so cute?!

Amazon's Stinky and Dirty Show Party Decor Ideas

 

Amazon's Stinky and Dirty Show Party Activities

 

Amazon's Stinky and Dirty Show Party Food
The Trash Pile Station was Ji’s favorite. She really enjoyed eating the “trash” that was dumped for the kids to collect in mini garbage bags.

 

 

Amazon's Stinky and Dirty Show Party Decoration

Amazon's Stinky and Dirty Show Party Activities

The Stinky and Dirty Show premieres on Amazon on September 2nd.

You can stream the show here: http://amzn.to/2aG2OM8