“Cover Me” in Depeche Mode Tonight!

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The day is finally here:  DEPECHE MODE’S “GLOBAL SPIRIT TOUR” AT MATTRESS FIRM AMPHITHEATRE!

I believe the show is sold out, but there are verified tickets still available on Live Nation.  I have the Live Nation app and I’m taking advantage of the “Fast Lane” Upgrade, since I have lawn tickets.  This will allow me, my sister and our kids to get some prime real estate at the front of the lawn area next to the railing.

Keep up with me on my Instagram for all of my concert coverage and I’ve created a separate section here on my blog of all of my Depeche Mode posts!

Cheers!

The Latest From LEGOLAND®: Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Starts This Weekend!

The Latest From Legoland

Is it really that time of year again?  Why yes it is!  Every Saturday starting this weekend until the end of October, LEGOLAND® California presents Brick-or-Treat Party Nights!

“Awesome Awaits at the Park…after dark! Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at LEGOLAND®California Resort is back for more Halloween excitement. The entire Park is open for Party Nights Saturday September 30, and every Saturday in October. The home of Halloween fun is filled with…

Live entertainment + new shows!

Character Meet and Greets

Costume Contests: Group, LEGO® Theme, Most Creative

Treat stations with more than 1 million pieces of candy

Heartlake City Fall Festival with Pumpkin Patch Build and craft time with the LEGO Friends

The AstroBash Dance Party

Brick-or-Treat Party Nights Pop Badge Challenge

And more!

Plus, don’t miss candy, decorations and your fishy friends at SEA LIFE® Aquarium included with your Party Nights ticket.”

Purchase your tickets at the link below:

https://www.legoland.com/california/legoland-california/entertainment/events/brick-or-treat-party-nights/

Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28

3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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(Last 3 images are courtesy of Legoland)

Mother & Daughter Spa Day at Nova Nails!

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Last week, my sister spent an afternoon at Nova Nails, located at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  Since I couldn’t make it up there due to my busy schedule, Rholnna thought it would be great to take her daghter, Mei-Lin, for some after-school pampering!

Mei-Lin mentioned how wonderful it smelled as they entered, like a fruity-citrus scent.  They both loved the color selection and how attentive the staff was to their every mani-pedi need!  If you are a regular reader of my blog, Rancho Carmel Plaza is just a hop, skip and a jump away from where my sister lives, so they’re both happy to know that Nova Nails is near-by and affordable: both of their manicures and spa pedicures were $72.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

Nova Nails is located at 10175 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 and they can be reached at (858) 487-2467.  They are open seven days a week and walk-ins are welcome, so please visit Nova Nails for a family-friendly nail spa treatment!

Cheers!

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Mom & daughter selfie!

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(All photos by Rholnna and Mei-Lin Jiao)

FTC Disclosure:  I received compensation to patronize a business at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Our Joey: How Our Dog Has Impacted Our Lives

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This week is National Dog Week and what better way to celebrate than to do a blog post inspired by PuppySpot, about how our awesome little rescue, Joey, has impacted our lives and how dogs can not only improve our emotional health, but also our physical health as well.

The biggest impact Joey has had on our lives is that he has not only brought us happiness, but he has become a part of our family.  He is with us in our day-to-day routine, but he is also with us at important gatherings like Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving.  Joey brings us true joy, especially when he interacts with our son, Dominic.  Those two are inseparable!

PuppySpot created the graphic below, showing how pups improve our health through our hearts, minds and bodies.  How has your dog impacted your life?  Let me know in the comments below!

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The Latest From LEGOLAND®: Lego NINJAGO Days, Castle Hotel Progress & What’s Upcoming in 2018!

The Latest From Legoland

So much is happening at the LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad that I had to get my sister and photographer, Rholnna, to help capture it all.  Along with Brick or Treat (more information in a future post), here’s the lowdown on what’s happening at LEGOLAND® !


THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE LEGO NINJAGO Days

To celebrate the new LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE , you can Join your favorite ninjas – Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – by tapping into YOUR inner Ninja at LEGOLAND Parks LEGOLAND Discovery Centers!

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(Click the picture above for more details)

The LEGO® NINJAGO® Days Schedule

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LEGOLAND California Resort (Carlsbad, Calif.): Sept. 23-24

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dates

Arizona: 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1,10/7-10/8

Atlanta 10/7-10/9, 10/13-10/15

Boston 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Chicago 9/22-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Dallas 9/22-9/23, 9/29-10/1, 10/7-10/8

Kansas City 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1, 10/7-10/8

Michigan 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Philadelphia 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1

Westchester (Yonkers, N.Y.): 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1


CASTLE HOTEL PROGRESS

Earlier this year, Rholnna attended the ground breaking of the new Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® .  She recently attended the press conference for what’s upcoming in 2018, so below is a combination of pictures from the ground breaking event back in January and the progress so far!

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LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure

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At the press conference this month, the LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure was introduced and Rholnna captured a few pictures announcing this exciting new upcoming ride!

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“LEGOLAND® California Resort’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced at today’s press conference that 2018 will be a year of enormous growth! In January, a new 4-D movie launches, followed by the opening of LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel in the spring and, just announced, LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is opening in the summer! LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure is Merlin Entertainment’s single largest investment in any LEGOLAND® Park and will take passengers aboard a real submarine where they will be submerged underwater and immersed in an ocean habitat.”

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(All photos from the Castle Hotel ground breaking and press conference taken by Rholnna Jiao)

Celebrate ENERGY BOWLS™ Happy Hour at Jamba Juice!

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I drink a healthy shake every morning, and we make fruit smoothies and shakes at home all the time.  So it should be no surprise that one of my family favorite places for blended goodness is Jamba Juice (the picture above is from my Instagram feed)!

From September 12th to 22nd, Jamba Juice will be celebrating their ENERGY BOWLS™ Happy Hour from 3pm to 6pm, and those of us in San Diego can grab one for just $4 with the coupon in the link below!

http://www.jambajuice.com/limited-time-offer/san-diego?alias=sandiego

As an added bonus: If you post a picture of one of your favorite  ENERGY BOWLS on social media with the hashtag #BowlGoals, you can win a chance to get a free bowl on your next visit!  Their social media platforms are listed below:

 Facebook

 Twitter

 Pinterest

 Jamba Juice TV

 Instagram

I can’t wait to try these: The Chunky Strawberry Bowl and the Fruit and Greek Yogurt Bowl.  Look out for my #BowlGoals posts in the upcoming weeks on my Instagram feed!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received a gift card to celebrate this campaign.  Although I did receive a gift card, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Vocabulary Boutique’s Come Sail Away Event Recap

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At the beginning of August, I attended a fun event by Vocabulary Boutique.  It was a shopping event, with a capsule wardrobe curated by Conni of Art In The Find and Kali of In Spades along with boutique owner, Cecelia, who also celebrated the boutique’s 8th anniversary.  It truly was a unique event because although I have attended a few of their events in the past on location at the boutique, this one was on an Aolani Catamaran where we sipped, snacked and shopped while sailing the San Diego Bay!

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This cake was as delicious as it was beautiful!

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A pretty cocktail next to a cute mini-folding chair (I had to take a picture for perspective)

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I had a fun time shopping on board, and I’ll share the new earrings I bought in a blog post!

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Sharing sunshine and smiles with Kali (photo courtesy of Jenna of Lucky Little Mustardseed)

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With Allison of Fashion Week San Diego, Jenna, Kali and Conni (photos courtesy of Kali and Jenna)