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Poway Valley Center Renovation Update!

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In the blink of an eye, the renovations at Poway Valley Center have made some incredible progress!  Along with the top picture, this is the blog post from just three months ago here.  Compare them to the pictures below that my sister snapped this weekend.  What a difference a few months make!

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All photos by Rholnna Jiao

THE LATEST FROM LEGOLAND®: Happy Halloween!

The Latest From Legoland

It’s that time of year for ghosts, ghouls and goblins of all shapes and sizes to celebrate!  In honor of Halloween, here are the pictures we took at LEGOLAND® California’s Brick-Or-Treat Party Nights a few weeks ago.  Did you attend?  Let me know in the comments below and have a safe Halloween!

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My sister, husband and I accompanied Dominic and Me-Lin for a truly spooktacular night!

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The candy stations were a big hit!

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Loved the music all throughout the park, including the “Rock Band” above and the live music on stage at the Heartlake City Fall Festival below!

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All kinds of creatures and creepy characters were lurking around the park!

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Thanks again LEGOLAND® for another amazing night!

Cave Tools Pigtail Flippers Review: Weekend BBQ!

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The weather has been so crazy lately here in San Diego that we’ve taken to lots of outdoorsy things, which includes a BBQ!  As I’ve mentioned before, my husband has a Traeger Grill.  He actually recently sold his smaller one and purchased the next size up this summer at the San Diego County Fair.  One of my favorite meals in my hubby’s steak arsenal is London Broil.  He cooked one up this weekend and used a pair of Pigtail Flippers by Cave Tools.  He said he liked the sharp hook and it was quite easy to use.  He also said that it’s great that there are two sizes, depending on what you want to cook.

As you can see, my hubby was able to handle this large piece of London Broil with ease using the Pigtail Flippers, and it turned out absolutely delicious!

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To purchase your own Cave Tools Ultimate Pigtail Flippers, click the links below AND, you can get 15% off with the following code!

Pigtail Flippers 15% Off: PIGTAIL15

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IRDE62E/ref=sr_1_65?ie=UTF8&sr=8- 65&keywords=pigtail+flipper&m=A3IEEDMWTA8OSP&tag=hyacinth11-20

Cave Tools: https://cavetools.com/products/pigtail-food-flippers

FTC Disclosure:  I received the product in exchange for a product review.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

“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.

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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The LEGO® NINJAGO® Days Schedule

LEGOLAND Parks

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)