Aside from Mom and Dad, my son’s favorite word is “car,” and all things related to cars like car carrier, dump truck, etc. Needless to say, he has been a huge fan of CARS since he first saw the movie so we were beyond excited to take him to a screening of CARS 3 last night. It was also the first time he’s ever seen a movie at a movie theater!
Because it was his first time at the movies, we weren’t sure what to expect but we hoped his love of Lightning McQueen would help him have an enjoyable time, and I’m happy to report that we were right.
During the first part of the movie, I was surprised how still he sat, watching in wonder (with his 3D glasses on) at all the familiar characters he’s used to seeing alongside Lightning McQueen like Mater and Sally Carrera as well as new characters like Cruz Ramirez.
CARS 3 shows how Lightning McQueen handles his racing career with a new generation of fast racers to compete with. As CARS fans, we were happy to see all we expected and more from CARS 3 — humor, all kinds of training, exciting racing, and lessons learned. We enjoyed our family movie night going to see CARS 3!
CARS 3 comes to theaters on June 16, 2017! While you’re anxiously waiting to see it, you can check out the fun activity sheets below including a memory game, a maze, and a spot the differences page.
*Today’s post is sponsored by Unbox Love and Crated With Love. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Have you ever faced challenges when trying to schedule a date night? Since we became parents, we’ve definitely struggled sometimes to get out for date night. Because of that, I decided to write this post with 4 at-home date night ideas I hope you’ll love!
Inside our box: Chocolate dipped pretzels, two different kinds of hot cocoa mix (keep in mind, we got this box when it was still winter!), joke cards, quick and easy dinner recipes, cards to write notes to each other with (they had writing prompts like: I love that you . . . or I smile when you . . .), puzzles to solve, and a game.
We enjoyed writing a couple sweet notes to each other to get the date night and the good vibes started. We kept the rest of the cards to use in the days/weeks to come. One day I found a card on my nightstand, a reminder of something my husband loves about me. And it was just what I needed to put a smile on my face.
We told each other the jokes from our joke cards, which we thought were stupid but gave us a laugh anyway. Then we made our hot chocolate, and Max had the pretzels while we got started on working the puzzles.
The puzzles: the little puzzles that came with our date night box were actually pretty darn hard! Sometimes they felt challenging in a fun way, and other times, we both got frustrated and had to remember it was just for fun. 😉
Overall, we enjoyed the Unbox Love date night and thought it was a unique way to bond! We still haven’t gotten a chance to play the game, but love that we now have a game to play for another date night in.
2) Living Room Picnic & a Movie
This one’s pretty self-explanatory. Lay out a comfy blanket on your living room floor, prep some delicious snacks together (back when we were first married we’d do this, and we’d get different cheeses, crackers, and meats), then sit together on the floor and enjoy a movie and in our case, a bottle of Martinelli’s apple cider. We love it!
It’s a fun way to get back to the basics, and a different take on the classic movie night.
3) Video Game Tournament
Video games can be an exciting break from a regular date night, and they provide some friendly competition if done correctly!
How to do a video game tournament (the right way)
First, choose a game that you both:
Enjoy Playing ✓ (even if you haven’t played it in years), and . . .
Are at Least Near the Same Skill Level ✓, (it can be a drag if the same person wins every time . . . just ask my husband. Kidding 😉 Our game of choice is one we’re both pretty good at.
And finally, you both have to choose to be good sports about it. Keep it friendly by requiring both the “winner” and the “loser” to do something kind for the other person (for example: the “winner” gets their favorite dessert and “loser” gets a massage) that’s what I call a win-win.
And no unkind or bitter words spoken . . . period. Leave that weak stuff at the playground. Just saying 🙂
Inside our box: cards, envelopes, straws, twine, 2 rolls of washer tape, a golden egg with magnets inside, and directions for making a treat.
The theme of our box was foundations, as in the foundation of a relationship. Each activity within the box built off of that theme. The first activity was to write a relationship pyramid by answering questions that would help us to recognize things we loved about each other, and what qualities define and strengthen our relationship.
Another activity required each of us to separately build some kind of structure using the straws, washer tape, and/or twine that would protect the golden egg. We each built our structure, and took turns putting the plastic egg inside and letting it drop. The egg didn’t fall out of either of our structures, or drop its contents, and we call that a win. The idea behind this being that each of us is like the straws, and washer tape in our relationship. We both bring strengths to the relationship to create a solid structure. At least, I’m pretty sure that’s what the message was. 🙂
Another activity involved creating SMART goals together. If you’re not familiar with SMART goals, here’s the quick rundown: they are goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound. We were supposed to create one goal for each month in three different categories: mind, body, and foundational. For example: going on a date night once a month, although I personally think this should be weekly, if possible.
We could then use the magnetic strips from inside the egg to put our goal cards up on the refrigerator. Well, hypothetically, because we have a stainless steel refrigerator that magnets don’t stick to. 🙂
There were two cards in the box labeled 6 months, and two cards labeled 1 year with blank envelopes. The last part of the activity was to write six month letters, encouraging each other to reach our goals, and then one year letters congratulating each other on reaching our goals.
Overall, our opinion of the Crated With Lovebox is it was fun, brought us closer as a couple, and encouraged us to think of the ways we strengthen each other.
Have you tried any of these date nights or have different ideas for at-home date nights? Let me know in the comments!
As a native Californian, I have fond childhood memories of visiting Monterey Bay with my family. The sparkling navy blue ocean with waves rolling in, cold wind whipping through my hair, watching seals and otters, or following my dad along a well-manicured golf course–I love what Monterey Bay has to offer.
It was a dream come true to take my own children to this memorable place and at such a special time of year. Learn more about visiting Monterey Bay here, and keep reading to learn about our amazing trip to Monterey!
We stayed at the Monterey Tides hotel, which was on the beach right next to Monterey State Beach – Seaside Beach, where we enjoyed playing. The hotel had no shortage of ocean views and it was relaxing to listen to the waves crash as we fell asleep.
Ocean view from the Monterey Tides lobby
Walking to our room
Outside of our hotel room
Enjoying beautiful Monterey State Beach – Seaside Beach
Monterey Bay Aquarium
I’m not sure who enjoyed the Monterey Bay Aquarium the most, us parents or the kids! It was incredible! The moment we walked in there were exhibits all over the place. In fact, the most difficult decision was figuring out where to go first. Many of the exhibits are interactive–I got to pet a bat ray, and my oldest son held a hermit crab. Another exhibit the whole family enjoyed was a small hallway that imitated a tide with the water rolling over the glass around you. In spite of all the amazing things to look at and learn about, my absolute favorite was the Open Sea exhibit. It’s one million gallons of water with sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, tuna, and more. Little E in front of the Open Sea exhibit
The Kelp Forest exhibit
G watching the fish swim by
After the Monterey Bay Aquarium closed, we spent some time in Cannery Row. We visited the Cannery Row Monument in Steinbeck Plaza and took a family picture in front of the beautiful ocean view. I absolutely love Dippin’ Dots, and when I saw that I could get it in Cannery Row, I just had to! Another delicious stop in Cannery Row is El Torito, I remember eating here with my family as a kid–sitting in a booth by the window, we watched seals and sea lions as we ate.
Vizcaino Waterfront Food + Drink
This restaurant is located on the top floor of the Monterey Tides hotel. It features a rustic look, fireplace, and has an upscale yet casual atmosphere. We had breakfast here one day and loved it. It was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it.
Dennis the Menace Park
We were so excited to go to the Dennis the Menace Park with the kids, but they fell asleep on the way over there so unfortunately they didn’t get to enjoy it, but I was able to get a couple pictures of this fun park.
If We Had More Time in Monterey
I love to plan family vacations and for our trip to Monterey, I had a long list of places I wanted to take the family and not enough time for it all. So, if we had more time in Monterey here are the places we would’ve gone:
Lovers Point Park & Beach
Point Pinos Lighthouse
Asilomar State Beach
San Carlos Beach
Del Monte Beach
As you can see, we had an amazing trip to Monterey–it’s a great travel destination for your family this spring! Learn more about visiting Monterey here, and plan your family’s getaway to Monterey here. Have you ever been to Monterey? What’s your favorite place? If not, what places would you like to see on a Monterey getaway?
I’m excited to haveBlackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa sponsoring today’s post because it was such an interesting experience to tour their office and surgery center to learn about the procedures and services they offer. I’m big on taking care of skin. It’s important to me to keep my skin clean and protect it from sun damage.
Unsurprisingly, BlackHawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpashared with me that one of the most popular skin services at their office is the HydraFacial, which includes hydradermabrasion, extractions, chemical peel, and improves overall skin health. Sounds amazing, right? I want to go back just to get a HydraFacial! Other popular procedures include tattoo removal, and MicroNeedling, which is a minimally invasive treatment that is supposed to trigger new collagen.
When I visited the office, I also had the opportunity to get lip injections for the first time. Check out the video here, you can skip ahead to the actual injections if you’re interested in seeing what they’re like or you can watch my whole experience before and after. You might be surprised to find out I was nervous!
The office is huge, with two waiting rooms (including one especially for plastic surgery patients), a surgery center with operating room, comfortable consultation rooms, procedure rooms, and a skincare station filled with products for clients to purchase.
Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa has an abudance of services from skincare to weight loss, and they have a mommy makeover too. Check out more photos of the office below.
If you live in the Danville area, you can even take advantage of their Beauty Memberships which allow you to cover your treatments and products with one monthly payment, plus you get preferred booking times among other benefits!
If you could choose one service to do at Blackhawk Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, what would you try?
*Today’s post is sponsored by iFLY luggage, 2weeksnotice clothing, Olivia James Apparel, and Aloft El Segundo LAX. This post contains affiliate links. As always, thoughts and opinions are mine.
Words can’t even express how much I loved taking this quick road trip to Los Angeles and Orange County with my husband! We had an incredible time and took a much-needed (and super short) break for some adult time together. It has taken me way too long to get this post up about our trip (a little under two months), I know—it’s ridiculous! However, I’m a wife and mom of two, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, I’m in school getting my MBA, I’m working & blogging & writing, and let’s just say I’m permanently exhausted!
But against all odds, I’ve finally completed a mini summary of our trip to LA & Disneyland, and some of the outfits I wore. There’s also a video of our trip above! If you want to skip ahead in the vlog to our arrival at Disneyland, it’s at 6:28!
After several long hours in the car, we arrived at Aloft El Segundo LAX and immediately went to enjoy some time outside and by the pool.
I’m wearing this dress from Olivia James Apparel. It’s no longer available in the color I’m wearing, but it IS available in heather grey and it was on sale the last time I checked! I also boughtthis hatfor the trip, I love the blush color. It’s now sold out but you can go to the website and sign up to receive an email when it’s back in stock!
While we were outside, the hotel turned on the amazing outdoor fireplaces and even though it was cold, I wasn’t ready to let go of this dress-wearing weather so in the picture above I’m wearing this dressfrom 2weeksnotice clothing (last time I checked, it was on sale for $26!). It was rainy much of the time we were there, but when I’m traveling I get in that vacation mindset where I want to pretend it’s warm even when it isn’t! I have my resort-ready clothes, and my swimsuit, I’m not just gonna let them go to waste, right? I have to wear them! Tell me I’m not the only one :).
On Saturday night we went to Koreatown and had dinner at a restaurant called Quarters Korean BBQ, it was delicious and I’d definitely recommend it! I’m wearing this black midi dress with the emerald green lace “Lindsay” kimono that I received from LuLaRoe consultantJacci Britzzalaro. In case you can’t tell from the pictures we had a lot of fun even while we were just waiting for our table!
It rained a lot when we went to Disneyland, but it didn’t put a damper on our day! One of my go-to outfits if I can’t decide what I should wear is a white top (whether it’s a tee/blouse/statement top, whatever) and jeans so I went for minimal and comfortable when dressing for Disneyland and worethis v-neck teeand these amazing skinnies, and a red hoodie from Evy’s Tree that they don’t have anymore unfortunately. I also worethese sneakers because I knew we’d be walking around all day. They are ridiculously comfortable!
Every time I watch the video from our trip to LA and Disneyland, I get a huge urge to go back! I miss it so much and I definitely miss living so close to it! If watching our adventures in Disneyland doesn’t make you want to go right now, I don’t know what will! 🙂
Finally, I can’t talk about our trip without mentioning the new luggageMax found at the end of his Disneyland birthday surprise scavenger hunt! These bags are amazing and we both loved all the pockets, compartments, and features of our suitcases from iFLYluggage. Also, I love that the color is unique! When we use them on a flight, I think it’ll be easy to spot them when we go to pick up our baggage.
I chose a super comfortable outfit for our drive home,this sweater is classic and warm, I like the white band around the neckline and sleeves. I lovethese high waisted distressed knee jean leggings and wear them a ton. The ones I’m wearing are petite, but when I bought them they also had them available in regular sizes! Again, I’m wearing these sneakersbecause gosh darn it they’re REALLY that comfortable and they’re cute too. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed experiencing Disneyland with us on our first trip there together! Do you have a favorite trip you’ve taken recently? Share it in the comments along with why it was so special for you!