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.

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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.

 

 

Free Holiday Events in Los Angeles

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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 

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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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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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FX Presents Better Things + Give Away!

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Ledlow Daddy and Me

 

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.

Farmers Bank

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.

City Hall Garden

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.