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.

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See you there!

 

-Ruby

 

Contest Ends on June 29th 11:59PM Pacific Time.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

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

Free Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

I haven’t posted a Calendar of Free events in a few months but I just love this time of year so much that I want everyone to be able to experience all of the fun things happening around the city. The Holidays shouldn’t be a financial burden and thankfully for Los Angeles residents, we have a lot of FREE events for the entire family to enjoy. I am ready to give birth any day now, so I might not be able to attend all of them, but that doesn’t mean you and your family have to miss out!

Friday, December 9th 

Pink Christmas Tree at Grand Park Los Angeles

Event: Grand Park Lights Up The Holidays (NOV 26 thru DEC 25)

Details: Grand Park will magically come alive with park-inspired holiday décor for the holidays with a 45-foot tree as a highlight. Perfect for a festive DTLA stroll, or as the backdrop of the annual family holiday photo.

Location: Grand Park, Downtown LA

Time:  All day

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Saturday, December 10th 

Event: Parade in Echo Park

Details: The historic community of Echo Park celebrates with high school bands, local dignitaries, & some quirky surprises.

Location: Sunset Blvd, Elysian Park Ave to Park Ave, Echo Park

Time: 11am-2pm 

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Event: Holiday at Crenshaw Plaza

Details: Winter Wonderland: The City of LA hosts a holiday celebration, with snow sledding, food trucks, live music, Santa, s’mores, & more.

Location: Crenshaw Plaza, 3650 MLK Blvd, Leimert Park

Time: 12pm-4pm 

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Free Holiday Kids Craft

Event: Holiday at the Workman Homestead

Details: Countdown to Christmas: Celebrate the season with self-guided tours of the historic houses, caroling, crafts, & visits with Santa Claus.

Location:Homestead Museum, 15415 E Don Julian Rd

Time: 12pm-4pm (also on Sunday, 12/11)

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Event: Holiday History at Dominguez Rancho Adobe

Details: Celebrate the season with period decorations, tours led by costumed characters, craft making, music & dancing. Donation + toy drive contribution appreciated.

Location: Dominguez Rancho Adobe, 18127 S Alameda St, Compton

Time: 3pm-5pm

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Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Snow Globes: Create a festive winter scene ornament.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm-4pm

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Sunday, December 11th 

Event: Fireworks in Manhattan Beach

Details: Bring blankets, beach chairs, & a picnic for the 28th Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks Festival, with closed streets, live music, a snow park  & sled hill, singalong, & fireworks at 7.

Location: Pier, Manhattan Beach

Time:  3pm-8pm

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Event: Guadalupe on Olvera Street

Details: Festive celebration of La Virgen De Guadalupe, with costumes & continuous entertainment, overnight vigil & rites in La Placita church.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown Los Angeles

Time:  6pm- overnight

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Sunday, December 18th 

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Event: Music at Cal Plaza

Details: Grand Performances presents The Joey Altruda Trio performing A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Location: California Plaza, 350 S Grand Ave, Downtown LA

Time:  12pm

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Saturday, December 24th 

Event: Kids’ Club at 7th & Fig

Details: Christmas Eve & Hanukkah: Learn about artist wax resist techniques & watercolor to create a beautiful painting of a snowflake or Hanukkah motif.

Location: Taste Court, 7th & Figueroa, Downtown LA

Time: 2pm-4pm

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Event: Holiday Celebration at the Music Center

Details: A wonderful afternoon of 23 performing arts ensembles from all around LA, presented for the 56th time by the County Arts Commission (broadcast live on KCET). Free parking, schedule online, come very early to get in.

Location: Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N Grand, Downtown LA

Time: 3pm-6pm

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Event: Las Posadas at Olvera Street (Nightly starting on 12/16)

Details: The procession will run up and down Olvera Street with the group singing songs in English and Spanish. They will make stops requesting lodging at designated points (“posadas,” or stores), but will be denied, usually in song.  Eventually they will be admitted, complimentary champurrado (a Mexican hot beverage) and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served, and piñatas will burst.

Location: Placita Olvera, Downtown LA

Time: 5:30pm-8pm

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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. 

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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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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