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

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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

 

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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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.

From East L.A to West L.A, Our Sunday at The Getty Center

East Los Angeles….

Our Sunday’s don’t ever start with a plan. I just want to get out of the house and get something yummy to eat, and we decide the actual plans over brunch. We usually don’t know where we are going to eat either. That’s decided in the driveway. Call us rebels. This Sunday, we kept it local. We headed over to a tiny hole in the wall place called, Tacos Virginia in East L.A. For those of you who are not from East L.A, the area may seem sketchy and you will miss the restaurant if you are not looking for it, but if you are open to an adventure, then I recommend this place.

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Graciela was nice enough to let me watch and take a picture!

 

Upon entering the restaurant, you will find a packed house. Most people go there on the weekend to have Menudo with their delicious hand-made tortillas.  If you are looking for a home type of feel, this is your place. You will feel like you are eating at your tia’s house in Mexico. I ordered the chilaquiles in green sauce and ordered handmade tortillas for just $1 extra. They are huge! Ji loved them. She made herself a huge bean taco and devoured it.

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Delicious Michelada

 

West Los Angeles…

We then headed over to the West Side of town thinking we were going to the beach. It was 86 degrees out. However,  the hubby drove to the Getty Center instead so that we can take advantage of a beautiful indoor space. Never actually sticking to our plans, we spent most of the time exploring the fantastic city views, their garden, and grassy area. As soon as we hit the grass, Ji took off her shoes and started running up and down. My heart melted just seeing her run around without a care in the world.

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Most exhibits are for the entertainment of adults only, but they do have a family room. They also have an interactive program called ART DETECTIVE with treasure hunt cards. That activity is perfect for older kids and teens.  Ji had a lot of fun coloring, making masks and playing with other kids

 

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Our Sunday was a lot of fun. We especially love them because it’s the only day of the week that we get to spend all day together.

 

What’s your favorite day of the week?!

More about our Sunday below:
Virginia’s Tacos: $25.04 , Getty Entrance Fee: $0, Parking Fee: $15, Snacks: $8
Total for a family of 3: $49.
Tacos Virginia  is located at: 4081 Whittier Blvd, East Los Angeles, CA
The Getty Center is located at: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049
About Ji’ s outfit: Dress from Puebla, Mexico. Shoes from Zacatecas, Mexico. Bow: Claire’s.

 

 

 

Nine Free Things To Do in Los Angeles This Weekend

FREE THINGS TO DO IN LOS ANGELES

Los Angeles can be expensive but having fun with your family doesn’t have to break the bank.  From festivals, to movie events, to arts and crafts, everyone is sure to have some fun! As always, everything on my list is completely FREE!

Saturday, March 5th

Los Angeles Lantern Festival: 12pm-7pm

Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in the vibrance of Downtown L.A. for the 15th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, arts & crafts, and food trucks

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Gold Line Extension Celebration: 11am-4pm

Celebrate the Gold Line Extension with free metro rides, ribbon cuttings, live music, local businesses and food trucks and more, at all the new stations: Arcadia, Monrovia, Duarte, Irwindale, Azusa.

Lovely Lavender at Rancho Los Cerritos: 1pm-4pm

Old-fashioned, historically-themed crafts and activities for children ages 5-11, rain or shine. Projects include a variety of colorful creations and crafts kids will love making.

Zootopia Themed Day at L.A Live: 11am-5pm

A day full of giveaways and fun all for just the price of the movie ticket! FREE fun activities will include exclusive photo op, character headband giveaway, coloring station, themed raffle prize and additional giveaways.

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Crafterday at the Hart Mansion: 11am-4pm

The young ones can try their hands at simple crafts like making their own totem poles, designing their own rope art, making their own dreamcatchers, and so much more! There is also a barnyard area with live animals!

Cabrillo Art Corner at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: 11am-3pm

Have fun doing arts and crafts the first Saturday of the month. Each Cabrillo Art Corner will feature a unique ocean-themed project that jump starts your creativity, engages your senses and relaxes your mind. Focus on the task at hand and forget about life’s craziness for awhile.

Sunday, March 6th

CicLAvia in the Valley: 9 am – 4 pm

4 miles of LA streets open up to pedestrians & bicyclists for a giant experiment in new civic consciousness, from Panorama City to Pacoima. Festivals, performances, bike clinics, & more along the route. Check out their website for the official route.

Family Arts at Barnsdall in Hollywood: 10am-2pm

Free art workshops on arts & crafts from world cultures, led by a different artist each week. Call to verify.

MOCA Grand Sunday Studio: 1pm

Sunday Studio is MOCA’s drop-in gallery exploration and studio art program. Participate in an all-ages tour of MOCA’s permanent collection or join in on arts crafts for the entire family.

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As always check out the websites for directions and other information to help you plan your trip. I hope that these FREE Los Angeles events allow you and your family to make your weekend extra special!

P.S  I would love to see you and your family enjoying these events! Post pictures on  Instagram   and use #iamLAmamacita to be entered to win awesome prizes!

See you there.

 

-Ruby

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Free Things To Do This Weekend

Saturday, February 6th  

Bird Walk in Whittier Narrows at 7:30am

Witness the magical fall migration season in a ramble beside the lakes & river. Legg Lake, South El Monte

Mini Festival on Reseda Blvd. 2-5PM

I❤[RE]seda Blvd promises art, live music, food trucks, raffles, demos, a poetry slam, & more. Reseda at Rayen, Northridge

 Festival in Cerritos 12-4PM

The Festival of Friendship promises entertainment celebrating the many cultures of the area on 3 stages: Hawaiian, Chinese, Korean, & Mexican dance, + Lion Dance, the International Peace Choir, flamenco dancers, & more. Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos

Chinese New Year at the Palms Library 10AM

For families: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey with a Lion Dance Performance in Palms Park, & then crafts in the library. Palms Branch of LAPL, 2920 Overland Ave, West LA

Crafts at CAAM 1-3PM

“Prop-Making” Lynn Rossi & Nichelle Evans help workshop participants create a prop of the North Star. Calif African American Museum, Exposition Park, RSVP

Family Crafts at Rancho Los Cerritos 1-4PM

Creation Station: A free, drop-in crafts program with old-fashioned fun for kids ages 6-11. Rancho Los Cerritos, 4600 Virginia Rd, Long Beach

Take lots of pictures and tag us on Instagram using #iamLAmamacita to automatically be entered into my giveaways! Don’t miss out!

 

Love,

 -L.A Mamacita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles Museums Free Admission Master List

At the end of January, many museums in Los Angeles will be offering free admission. I got excited about it but then realized (1)  I’m busy that day and (2) With a toddler in tow, we would only be able to make it to one, maybe two museums in one day. So, I decided to make my own list, because  (1) At least once a month, I find myself searching for museums that offering free admission (2) Because I often joke that the only time I ever visited a museum was when the trip was organized by my school and (3) I like making lists.  

 I’ve used my resources (the internet) to compile a master list of FREE admission days for Los Angeles Museums, and I’m sharing it with you! I went to straight to the source (the museum websites)  and came up with over 30 museums to add to the list, so you don’t have to rush on January 30th to hit up all of them.

I hope that this list will serve as a guide for you and your family to make fun memories in this big city we call L.A!

Enjoy!

EVERYTHING

  1. Annenberg Photo Space, West L.A Admission is always FREE
  2. Armory Center for the Arts, PasadenaFREE for Seniors, Students and Armory Members
    $5 Suggested Donation
  3. California African American Museum, Exposition Park-Admission is always FREE
  4. California Science CenterAdmission to the  permanent exhibition galleries is FREE (excluding IMAX and Special Exhibits)
  5. Craft & Folk Art Museum, Museum Row-Children under 10 are always FREE ; Sundays: Pay what you can
  6. Dominguez Rancho Adobe MuseumAlways FREE
  7. Fowler MuseumAlways FREE
  8. Griffith ObservatoryAlways FREE
  9. Hammer Museum, UCLA- Always FREE
  10. Japanese American Museum, Little TokyoFree  every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and all day every third Thursday of the month; Children under 5 are always FREE
  11. Kidspace MuseumThe first Tuesday of every month from 4:00 to 8:00pm is Kidspace’s Free Family Night
  12. La Brea Tar PitsFREE Museum admission the first Tuesday of every month (except July and August) and Free Museum Admission daily to: CA EBT cardholders with I.D, CA teachers with I.D, Active or retired military with I.D., Children 2 and under
  13.  Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)Children under 17 are always FREE;L.A. County residents receive free general admission after 3 pm every weekday LACMA is open!
  14. Los Angeles Museum of The Holocaust-Always FREE
  15. Museum of Latin American ArtChildren under 12 are always FREE; FREE admission every Sunday; FREE admission the fourth Friday of every month between 5:00-9:00 p.m
  16. Natural History MuseumFREE admission the first Tuesday of every month (except July& August) and free Museum admission every Tuesday in September; FREE admission always to CA EBT cardholders with I.D., CA teachers with I.D., Active or retired military with I.D.,Children 2 and under
  17. Norton Simon Museum-Admission is FREE for all visitors the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m; FREE admission for children under 18, students and  active military personnel and EBT cardholders with valid I.D.
  18. Orange County Museum of Art– FREE every Friday; Children under 12  are always FREE
  19. Pasadena Museum of California ArtChildren 12 and under are always FREE; FREE admission every 1st Friday from 12–5pm and 3rd Thursday from 5–8pm
  20. Skirball Cultural Center-Noah’s Ark tickets are FREE on Thursdays, first-come, first-served only, subject to availability (no advance tickets).
  21. The Autry, Griffith Park– FREE on the Second Tuesday of every month; Kids under 3 are always free
  22. The Autry, Mt. Washington Always FREE
  23. The Broad-Always FREE
  24. The Getty Center-Always FREE
  25. The Getty Villa, MalibuAlways FREE
  26. The Huntington FREE on the first Thursday of the month; must reserve in advance
  27. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Grand AveChildren under 12 are always FREE; Jurors with I.D.: FREE ;Present your valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID at the MOCA Box Office to redeem two-for-one general admission.
  28. The Museum of Contemporary Art, GeffenChildren under 12 are always FREE;
    Jurors with I.D.: FREE; Buy One Get One FREE with valid TAP card, Metro employee ID, or LA County employee ID.
  29. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Pacific Design Center– Always FREE
  30. The Paley Center for MediaAdmission is always FREE but a contribution is suggested
  31. Travel Town Museum, Griffith Park Always FREE
  32. USC Pacific Asia MuseumFree for children 11 and under; Free for All on the Second Sunday of the Month
  33. USC Fisher Museum of ArtAlways Free
  34. Vincent Price Art Museum Always FREE
  35. William S. Hart Museum– Always FREE
  36. Zimmer Children’s MuseumChildren under 1: FREE; Grandparents: FREE on Thursdays

 Take lots of pictures when at the museums and don’t forget to use #iamLAmamacita on your Instagram posts to automatically be entered into my give aways!

-Ruby

Please note that free admission does not include parking or admission to special exhibits. I recommend visiting the museum website to plan your trip

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR in theaters Thanksgiving 2015-Free Printables, too!

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I’m excited for Thanksgiving day to come for two reasons. Reason #1: The delicious food. Reason #2: Disney Pixar is releasing THE GOOD DINOSAUR, which will make for a fun filled family day!

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If you haven’t heard about it yet, here is they synopsis.

“The Good Dinosaur” asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.

Check out the trailer!

Super cute, right?

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I have a feeling Disney just created another amazing duo and it made me think of other classic pairs like,

Father and Son/Daughter duos…

THE LITTLE MERMAID (1989)
KING TRITON & ARIEL

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King Triton might the strictest parent of them all but deep down, you know he loves Ariel and always seeks to protect her. Humans are dangerous! Do you think I would want to see my youngest daughter snared by some fish eater’s hook

 
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1991)
MAURICE AND BELLE
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Although sometimes a little random, Maurice always seeks to encourage Belle’s creativity and her desire of knowledge. “My daughter, ‘odd’? Huh, where were you getting an idea like that?”
THE LION KING (1994)
MUFASA & SIMBA
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There has been no better and wiser father than Mufasa who gave up his life to protect his son. “Simba, let me tell you something my father told me. Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars. So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I.” 
POCAHONTAS (1995)
CHIEF POWHATAN & POCAHONTAS
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Chief only wants the best for Pocahontas and always protected her. My daughter speaks with a wisdom beyond her years. We have all come here with anger in our hearts but she comes with courage and understanding. From this day forward if there is to be more killing it will not start with me.”
MULAN (1998)
FA ZHOU & MULAN
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Fa Zhou would have fought for China in order to save and honor his family, because of those values, Mulan was able to do the same. “The greatest gift and honor is having you for a daughter.”
FINDING NEMO (2003)
MARLIN & NEMO
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Perhaps the most adventurous of all parents, crossed the entire ocean to find his little boy, Marlin defied all odds to find Nemo. “I promise I’ll never let anything happen to you, Nemo”
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lovable duos from Pixar we have grown to adore. Do you recognize these cave paintings?
Toystory monstersinc rat cars UPI just know that my little cavebaby is going to love this movie! She’s already getting familiar with the characters through activity and coloring sheets. Well, she mostly scribbles…  But, I’m attaching  good-dino-memory_cards, good-dino_coloring_pages AND good-dino_hexaflexagon, for your little ones to enjoy as well!
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