One of my favorite places to take my kids when we are in Southern California is Legoland. It’s perfect for their ages, and with so many things to do, we usually spend a couple of days exploring the resort. We’re planning another trip there this summer, so when Legoland reached out about their awesome Play Pass promotion, I was more than excited to share it with you. Keep reading to learn how you can pay for just one day and get the rest of the year for free – as well as a very special giveaway for FOUR tickets to the Legoland Resort!
I have heard of some sweet Legoland deals – but this is by far the sweetest I have seen: Pay for a day – play the rest of 2016 FREE with a Legoland Play Pass! Enjoy unlimited admission to Legoland California, now through December 25, 2016, with a Legoland Play Pass on sale for a limited time. The pass must be purchased and redeemed by July 31, 2016 – so if you live in Southern California or are planning a trip in the near future – now is the time to get those tickets!
If you haven’t been before, Legoland is a pretty amazing place, with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions – and they just opened their brand new Ninjago The Ride, which my kids have been anxiously waiting for. There’s also a legit movie theater that plays The Lego Movie 4D – so if you need a break from all the running around, it’s the perfect place to stop and unwind for a bit. One of our favorite parts of the resort is the Legoland Water Park, which is an add-on to the regular admission, but totally worth it. There’s also the Sea Life Aquarium right next door, which I haven’t had a chance to visit yet but hope to soon.
There’s so much to see and do, you’ll want to spend the night at the Legoland Hotel! This hotel features a pool, dining, a lobby full of legos, and adventure themed rooms. Imagine your wildest childhood fantasies and that’s basically this hotel.
Now for the part I am most excited about! We are giving away a 4 pack of tickets to LEGOLAND Resort! These are 1-day tickets (regularly $122 each) for admission to Legoland California, Legoland Water Park, and Sea Life Aquarium. The tickets expire December 31, 2016. So get to entering below! You can even earn additional entries by referring your friends. Winner will be announced on Friday, July 15. Wishing you all the best of luck!
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Editor’s Note: This post was sponsored by Legoland.
Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.
I saw this quote on Pinterest and had to share. I think this is something that we all struggle with. It’s easy to get caught up in comparisons, especially in this highly visual, digital world that we live in. This quote is a great reminder that we all have things that make us unique and beautiful!
I can’t believe summer is just around the corner. I’ve been dreaming of sunny blue skies and beach days for months. I’ve also been checking out all of the gorgeous clothes that are hitting the racks. (Bring me all the floral sun dresses!)
To help you get ready for summer, I’m partnering with Stella Carakasi for their free Work Your Wardrobe webcast on May 3rd. I’ll be joining Stella’s lead stylist Yarra, as well as some other bloggers, to talk about strategies for warm-weather dressing. Among other things, we’ll be covering three key topics, including: how to layer like a pro in the warm summer months; how to balance your silhouette so you always feel your best; and how to stay current while keeping within your personal budget.
The webcast is May 3rd at 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET. In addition to the best ideas to help you feel and look your best, you’ll also learn how you can get a free personal style session with Stella’s lead stylist, Yarra! I would love for you to join us by signing up right here.
If you’ve never heard of Stella Carakasi, please do yourself a favor and watch the video below. I love this brand for its philosophy, the eco fabrics they use, and the way the clothes fit as though they were custom made just for you. To top it all off, Stella and her entire team are an incredibly genuine, dynamic group of people who are so much fun to work with!
If you’re joining us for the webcast, let me know if you have any specific questions related to warm weather style, so that we can be sure to include them. In case you missed the link, you can click here to register now.
If you’re looking for something to do in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend, you might want to check out Accident and Artifact’s newest popup – the Spring Mini Market – showcasing four of San Francisco’s local purveyors of vintage jewelry, women’s fashion, skincare, and handbags.
The party starts on Friday, March 4th with the Party and Play Reception, which includes mini makeovers, refreshments and goody bags. RSVP for your free tickets at EventBrite.
From Friday March 4th to Sunday March 6th, stop by anytime between 11 am to 7 pm to shop organic skincare from Ziesche Modern Apothecary, chic handbags and fine jewelry from CAKE, statement costume jewels from Sasha Maks Vintage, and women’s fashion from up-and-coming designer Kajan Cake.
Hope to see you there!
I’m currently obsessing over this gorgeous Cora watch from Jord. Can you blame me? I mean look at these warm tones and textures, I can’t stop drooling over it! It’s made mostly of Hawaiian Koa wood with a beautiful rose gold face and Swarovski crystal markers, understated yet chic. It goes with every outfit in my closet and it’s so comfortable I can wear it all day long. I also love that Jord values sustainability which is truly refreshing. When you go to their website and click on materials, it tells you the sustainability factor of each type of wood used to construct the watches in their collection. They also let you know exactly where their wood is sourced from, something this California girl appreciates.
When you flip the watch over, the back of it is made of a luxurious sapphire glass so you can see the delicate inner workings of the mechanical pieces – it’s so unique and mesmerizing. What makes the sapphire glass even more awesome, is the fact that it is second only to diamonds as the hardest and most scratch resistant materials on earth. How cool is that?
The wooden box that it came in is so lovely and a perfect place to store it in. It looks handmade and well crafted, just like the watch itself. Included with the watch were extra links in case it did not fit perfectly. This extra detail immediately made me feel like they really care about their customers. That along with the fact that the first watch they sent had a tiny ding in the wood and even though it was very minor, I almost didn’t even mention it, they had me send it back. I was so surprised at how quickly they replaced it with a brand new one! They wanted me to be completely happy with my watch. Their customer service is incredible and I was very satisfied with the care they took.
I wear my watch almost daily, and it has become one of my favorite accessories. In the winter, the last thing I want to put on is a cold metal watch, the wood on this watch is so warm and inviting. It’s the perfect holiday gift for yourself (wink, wink) or a loved one. The craftsmanship and attention to detail is impeccable, truly an amazing timepiece I know I will be treasuring for years to come.
I was at H&M the other day doing some quick shopping for my two littles. They have the cutest clothes for girls, and I scooped up some adorable things for my preschool daughter. I love that they have so many pieces that you can mix and match, making the outfit possibilities almost endless. For today’s post, I created a capsule wardrobe for a preschool to elementary aged girl that is stylish, comfortable, and easy on the wallet. The wardrobe includes two dresses, three tees, two sweaters, one cardigan, and five bottoms. I also added a few accessories, including two pair of shoes, a crown headband, and a knit hat for cooler days. I calculated all of the different ways you can mix these pieces and concluded that your little one will have a different outfit to wear for every day of the month! Many of these items can easily transition through different seasons as well. I’ve included links to the H&M website to make it easier for you to shop this post if you see something you like.
From Top Left: Floral Jersey Dress | Crown Headband | Cotton Ballet Flats | Butterfly Top | Gray Leggings Patterned Cotton Blouse | Fine Knit Cardigan | Slim Fit Pants | 2-pack Tees (not pictured, but included in budget)
From Top Left: Patterned Dress | Knit Cap | Cat Top | Stripe Leggings | Panda Treggings | Bunny Hightops Black Leggings
P.S.- If you love primary colors more, check out this post from last fall with Mini Boden!
My kids recently had flan for dessert after a meal at a local Mexican restaurant and have been begging me to make it for them ever since. Flan is a unique dessert in that it appears on the dessert menus of many different countries and for that reason, there are many variations of this classic dessert. I grew up eating my mom’s flan which was extremely light and silky in texture and the flan the kids had at this particular Mexican restaurant was smooth, but the texture resembled more of custard. After doing some research on the internet, I decided to try out Rick Bayless’ recipe for Classic Flan. Initially I was concerned that using condensed milk would make the flan too dense, but I was proven wrong. Although the baking process was certainly very labor intensive, the finished product was beautiful and it tasted even better than it looked.
1 cup sugar
1 ½ cups milk
1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs
4 large egg yolks
1.5 teaspoons vanilla extract
– Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place the oven rack in the middle section.
– Heat 4 cups water to a light simmer and set to the side.
– Pour ¾ cup of sugar into a small saucepan and slowly pour 1/3 cup of water over the sugar, evenly moistening the sugar.
– Heat on medium-high until mixture comes to a full boil, then reduce the heat to medium/medium low and boil without stirring until liquid begins to turn a golden color.
– Slowly swirl the pan over the heat until the syrup becomes deep amber in color, then pour the caramel sauce into your flan dish (I used a glass Pyrex pie dish).
– In another sauce pan, mix the remaining sugar, milk and condensed milk over medium heat. Stir until it begins to simmer, then remove from heat.
– Whisk the eggs and egg yolks in a separate bowl, then mix in the heated milk mixture and vanilla to the egg mixture.
– Pour this mixture into a strainer to get rid of all the air bubbles and pour into your baking mold/dish.
– Put the flan on a large baking sheet and then pour warm water into the baking sheet (the water reached about half the height of my pie dish).
– Bake the flan for about one hour, then let it cool for another hour in the warm water bath. Refrigerate at least four hours before serving.
*Adapted from recipe by Rick Bayless for Frontera Grill.
In this week’s Creative Feature, I am excited to introduce you to Kayla, an LA-based artist who designs and handcrafts a line of dreamy, bohemian style jewelry called Vibrant Souls. If you’re not inspired by her images – and it’s pretty much impossible not to be – you will definitely be inspired by her words. Kayla takes us into her magical dream world – where everything is light, sparkles, and dances – and shares how she turned her passion into a career while completing her undergraduate degree at UCLA. I hope you leave this post feeling a little more inspired to follow your heart, wherever it may lead you.
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
Hi! I’m Kayla, a native San Franciscan finishing up a biology degree at UCLA. I am passionate about creating and working with my hands, so as a side creative hobby, I started a handcrafted jewelry line that is modern and bohemian inspired. My jewelry designs are usually inspired by a vision I explored in my idealistic dream world. The jewelry I handcraft is a reflection of my inner being – I tend to be a romantic daydreamer, translating to jewelry designs that incorporates druzy stones, crystals of all colors, czech glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and wire.
How did you get started with jewelry making and how has it evolved over time?
My love for handcrafting jewelry began when I was 14. After ballet and piano lessons, I would spend time at night making jewelry, playing with colorful Swarovski crystals bought locally from Yone’s in North Beach, San Francisco. Originally, I designed jewelry mainly as gifts for my aunts, grandmas and mom. One Sunday afternoon in college, I ventured to the Melrose Trading Post, a flea market in LA. I was deeply inspired by the hand crafters who turned their passions into a lifestyle. I left with an insatiable desire to join them in the handcraft movement, I wanted to design jewelry again to share with others.
What else keeps you busy?
Currently, being a student is my full-time job. But during my free time, I’ve started taking dance lessons again. I also enjoy hot yoga classes and writing musical compositions. Other than that, I also dedicate time going to the Los Angeles Mission Center every week to serve meals to the homeless community. It’s truly a humbling experience to volunteer, and I enjoy helping out when I can.
Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?
I think I’m most proud of myself for getting an undergraduate degree at UCLA. I started out thinking I knew what I wanted to be, but as time went on, I became less certain. I switched from majoring in molecular genetics, to physiology, to economics, to biology. As uncertain as this journey was, I am proud to say I am finishing.
What inspires you?
The journey of life inspires me, the originality of people inspire me. The stories of ambitious individuals chasing creative freedom move me. I meet new people daily and to be able to listen to their unique journey is truly uplifting. I also find daily inspiration everywhere because I have quite an active, enthusiastic imagination. My mind can take off in all different directions, I love that feeling.
What’s your favorite way to spend a Saturday morning?
I think the best Saturday mornings are the ones where I have free time to attend a hot yoga class. I think it’s a relaxing way to let go of the constant stresses of the week and celebrate the weekend. After that, I enjoy eating an acai berry bowl and people watching at a juice shop. To me, people watching usually means imagining what jewelry might look good on them, and then, designs start to float around in my mind.
Do you have any advice for living a creative life?
Be fearless and always imagine. Take your mind to the gray areas of life and live in the shadows. I believe once someone finds their source for creative inspiration, that is the place to continually revisit to draw upon creative inspiration. For me, I’ve learned my creative inspiration comes from escaping reality into my idealistic dreamworld. It’s the world I’ve created where everything is light, sparkles, and dances. I let my mind wander there, see what it discovers, come back to reality and handcraft what I imagined.
See more from Kayla and Vibrant Souls at: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
Thank you Kayla, for inviting us into your world and sharing your positive light and energy with us! After putting all of these gorgeous images together for this post, I pretty much need all of your jewelry in my closet! We wish you all the best as you graduate and take the next steps on your journey.