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.

 

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!

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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

 

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

 

 

 

Shopping with an infant made easy: A Binxy Baby Review

I was given this product in exchange for my honest review.

I thought wearing Dahlia on a carrier would make my shopping trips run a little more smoothly but I found a product that makes it easier! If you haven’t heard about the Binxy Baby Hammock then you are not alone. More people need to know about the Binxy Baby Hammock!

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Dahlia is at the age where she wants to explore her surroundings. I want her to see all the colors, textures, sounds and social activity going on around her. The Binxy Baby Hammock allows her to do that while we shop.

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This cute invention comes in different colors and designs to fit your style. It fits standard shopping carts and can hold up to 50lbs and is perfect for babies who are not yet sitting up. We have about one more month of use but the low price was totally worth it. We will be definitely adding the Binxy Baby Hammock to our best babyshower gifts list!

-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.