Today’s post is brought to you by the popular food truck event Off The Grid.
Off the Grid is partnering with the City of El Cerrito to host a holiday craft booth. Bring the whole family for holiday crafting, delicious food and fun on Wednesday, December 21. Parents and kids can work together to make holiday gifts for the season!
As usual, Off the Grid will be offering a variety of delicious offerings from 12 food trucks including 3 Geeks, An the Go, Bombzies BBQ Truck, Ceviche & Co., Cousins Main Lobster Napa, Curbside Kitchen, Frozen Kuhsterd, Grab and Go Kabob, Johnny Doughnuts, Kenny’s Heart and Soul, Scotch Bonnet Jamaican Food, and Southern Comfort Kitchen.
The event will take place at 6159 Fairmont Avenue in El Cerrito on Wednesday, December 21, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
Off the Grid markets are founded on the idea of bringing communities together through amazing shared food experiences. Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over 50 weekly public markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Off the Grid seeks to maintain a shared sense of space by collaborating with local businesses and communities to activate novel public spaces with truly unique experiences.
For a list of upcoming markets and more information on Off the Grid, visit their website or become a fan on Facebook.
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.