Category: Travel

Casitas Water Adventure

After sharing my review on Ventura Aquatic Center I got a lot of comments on how much people liked reading a review from a moms point of view. So today I decided to review another fun summer location, Casitas Water Adventure.Nestled near Lake Casitas this park is split into 4 different areas. The activity pool, lazy river, lagoon and splash pad.

We started our day in the in the activity pool. This multi-level jungle gym with waterfalls, bridges and slides in a lagoon with water up to 18″ deep.Certified lifeguards are on hand at all times and life jackets are available at no extra charge (while supplies last).Next up we visited the lazy river. A great spot for the whole family, the Lazy River offers a cool water ride on inner tubes along a scenic waterway featuring waterfalls, fog filled bridges and jet sprays. The inner tubes are available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Tip: wear water shoes as ground is very hot.  We took a break for a bit and hung out by the lawn chairs. They also have a few shaded decks. 

Unfortunately due to safety concerns, food and drinks, with the exception of bottled water, are not allowed inside the Casitas Water Adventure. However outside the park is a snack bar and picnic tables. (picture is from Google)

Next up was the splash pad. This small area is best suited for babies and toddlers.

The last area we visited was the lagoon. This 3 foot beach entry “pool” is best for babies and toddlers. Family members can hang out by the edge while their kiddos splash around.

Our favorite spot for the day was the Lazy River. While the whole park had really cold water, it was nice and relaxing going around the lazy river. Tip: Locker rentals are available for a nominal fee. Showers are coin operated.

Price: Children under 1 year of age are free while each guest is $13. Weekend and holiday rate is $15 per guest. If you get there the last 3 hours of the day you can get a late day pass and pay only $7.50 per guest. Parking is $10 cash only.

Ventura Aquatic Center

In between camps and vacations my mom group gets together throughout the summer for fun outings. We recently ventured out to Ventura Aquatic Center and had so much fun!!!This place is a little tricky so you have to plan accordingly. They have set hours like M/W/F from 12-4 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am-4pm. You also have to get there about 30-45 minutes before to get in line as the places reaches capacity often. So our drill is to get there an hour before, eat lunch at the picnic tables while our bags are in line saving our spot.

Tip: they let camps and their Splash Pass holders in before the general public.

After we got our spot by the lounge chairs we ran to our favorite spot, the activity pool. Our next stop was the 2 water slides. The blue slide is uncovered and the green slide is covered. You have to be 42 inches to get on.Our elementary school kids loved the slides, but our toddlers were more comfortable staying in the activity pool slide.   The pool was also a fun spot to hang out. (This picture is from Google pics)

Tip: Every hour the Aquatic Center makes everyone come out for 5 minutes. This way everyone is accounted for and the facility can check their pools for any safety issues.

Lounging with the mamas on this beautiful summer day! Tip: Bring your own beach chairs for extra seating.We always end the day with shaved ice from the Kona Ice truck.  Tip: The Kona Ice truck takes cash only.The kiddos!Love doing life with these amazing mamas!

Looking forward to our next adventure!

Oshrat’s Bachelorette

Back when it was my wedding (almost 10 years ago! Ahhhhh!) bridal parties and their friends got together for thier bachelorette the night before the wedding or a safer bet a few days before (we chose the later).

Now the trend is for the bachelorette and her friends to go on a girls trip. These trips can be local or even as far as taking a flight across oceans, weeks and even months before their wedding.

It all started with my sister G’s wedding last year when we went to Mexico.

This year my sister Oshrat’s getting married! With much excitement this sis opted for something in Cali. Palm Springs to be exact. I was so excited!

So 2 Cali residents and 4 Floridians (unfortunately one got girl sick and had to cancel last minute) headed to Palm Springs for a bachelorette weekend or as we nicknamed it Bachella.

Day 1
We met the Floridians at the airport, munched on some doughnuts I ordered and made our way to Palm Springs.

Traffic was a nightmare and the hotel didn’t have the room we requested, but we we’re determined to make day one amazing regardless.

First things first, decorating the bride-to-be’s room. 

We also put together the girls “survival” bags.

Tank // towel // flower crown

After a visit to the pool we cleaned up and made our way to the hotel restaurant, El Jefe.

Both the tacos and margaritas were amazing! Highly suggest this place for a casual night out.

Me and G!

We hung around the hotel for bit, but after traveling all day, we called it a night and headed back to our rooms.

Day 2

Before picking our hotel The Saguaro Palm Springs I read that they had bikes for their guests to rent. Well Osh loved this idea and in hindsight I wish I never told her about it.

We grabbed our bikes, took some pics and hit the town. My beautiful sisters!Our first stop was a cute restaurant I found on Yelp a few weeks ago. Unfortunately this restaurant was closed while we were in town. Hot and hungry, we stopped at a random restaurant in the plaza. Thankfully it had good food, COLD air and a drink menu.  At one point it reached 115 degrees and we were toast!! We found a bus that would take half the group (bus only had room for 3 bikes) back to the hotel while the rest of the group waited for the next bus. But sitting in the hot sun in a black box sounded horrible. So Osh, her friend, Irina and I made the trek back to the hotel on bike. 

It was a horrible idea!!! We came back bright red, over heated and depleted. Again the idea of riding bikes sounded cute, but not in Palm Springs on the hottest day in summer!!

We spent the rest of the day cooling off in the pool.The bride-to-be in her ring float from hereWith high temps in Palm Springs they really make sure your hydrated during your stay. They have water in the lobby and the cutest cactus drinking dispenser by each cabana.It was 6pm and still super hot!! We opted to rest for a bit in our rooms before heading out for the night.

G was in charge of dinner locations and she didn’t disappoint. We went to the Parker hotel and had dinner at Norma’s. After dinner the waiter brought Osh a surprise dessert.We hung out in the gorgeous hotel for a bit before heading back to ours. Love my g! Day 3

We started the day with breakfast at Jake’s where I had the yummiest Bloody Mary.

Our adventure for the day was the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.We took the 10 tram ride to 8,516 feet on the cliffs of Chino Canyon. It was frighting!!! I looked down once and got all woozy. Thankfully one of my sisters brave friends took this picture for me. Back on land we enjoyed the views and exploring Mt. San Jacinto State Park. It was beautiful! Everywhere you stepped, nature was showing her beauty.   We even checked out the butterscotch tree.  Back at our hotel and in the pool.   We rested for a bit and then headed out for dinner. We didn’t have reservations for dinner on this night so we hung out at the Workshop Bar for a bit before going into The Kitchen.It was delicious! Highly recommend their tacos and apps. Day 4

We packed our bags and ended the trip with brunch at Trio. I had this amazing french toast with the biggest blackberries you have ever seen!And that’s a wrap on Bachella! I had lot’s of fun hanging out with my sisters and getting to know her friends better.

Up next…the bridal shower later this month.

PS big shutout to my hubby for holding down the fort. You are the best!

Glen Ivy Hot Springs

For a while now, I’ve been hearing lot’s of great things about a spa in Southern California called Glen Ivy Hot Springs. So when my sisters were in town I knew it was the perfect time to check it out. So glad we did! After getting our map (this place is huge!!) we went to the locker room, put our stuff into the locker and ran outside to soak it all in. I was so excited!!Our first stop was Club Mud. This California red clay is a silky soft paste that we lathered ourselves with. After playing in the mud pool we then hung out as the clay dried.

INSIDER TIP: Wear a darker swimsuit for this treatment as the red clay stained our light colored suits.

We washed up and headed to the Mineral Baths. These baths are 104 degrees of sulfur rich springs!

Next up was the Lounge Pool. This shallow pool is equipped with blue floats and chairs. I could have stayed in there forever! Next stop was the Hot & Cold Plunge Pools. These pools were quite the experience. The hot pool was 103 and cold pool was 60!!! After one minute you plunge into the next pool. You repeat thus process for about 10 minutes. It boosts blood flow and flushes away toxins at the same time.(Picture is from Glen Ivy website.)

Next was the Saline Pool. Just like it’s name this pool is filed with Epsom salt. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium and sulfates, both of which have a therapeutic effect on easing tight muscles and joints and cramps and inflammation in the body. (Picture is from Glen Ivy website.)

We ended our day with a visit to the Vista Pool. This mineral pool is filled with the sulfur, calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium content. We lounged here for a bit before we headed home. We had such a nice day! Can’t wait to come back!!

Insider Tip: Come after 4pm for half off! Read more about it here.

Candytopia

After visiting the Museum of Ice Cream last summer I knew I wanted to check out the new pop up museum, Candytopia. So I grabbed 3 of my girlfriends and made the drive out to Santa Monica.We got there a few minutes before our time slot where an employee informed us they didn’t have any bathrooms in the building. So we decided to hit the bathrooms and the bar before entering. 

Cheers to girls night out! Inside and ready for some candy! Room 1 –  The first room was super cool! The theme was a steampunk-styled library. After a few housekeeping rules a clock came down filled with chocolate. Candy: Kit Kat We signed the big book and made it to the next room. Room 2 – This room was really pretty! It had an artistic feel with Willy Wonka and Mona Lisa made from Jelly Beans! Candy: candy bracelets  Room 3 – Underworld theme. It was all made out of candy so it was neat, but other then taking a picture inside of a shark’s head it was just eh. Candy: Pixie Sticks Room 4 – Optical illusion. Nothing seems like it should be. Lot’s of fun spots! Candy: Trolli fruit snacks The staff at Candytopia was very helpful and frequently asked us if we wanted our pictures taken except for this one guy. He could not get us jumping in the air for the life of him. Oh well, it made for fun pics! Room 5 – Outdoors. This room was the most fun! It had swings that made us laugh uncontrollably and then a hammock that I sat down with Stacee which we fell off of shortly after. It also had a fun wind tunnel and surfboard. Candy: Laffy Taffy Room 6 – Confetti. This was a pretty room! Every few minutes confetti blasted through a tunnel and a rotating stage made for some belly laughs. Candy: Trolli Fruit Twists. Room 7 – Marshmallow pit. This is the only room we had to wait around for as they only allow a certain amount of people in the pit. While waiting for our turn we hung out in the jungle area. Candy: None Jen and I tried to hang off the bar, but I was in no condition to do so.

Then it was time for the marshmallow pit. Much like the sprinkles pool in the Museum of Ice Cream we swam in what looked like marshmallows, but was actually just foam.So much fun!!! Thank you girls for joining me on my adventures. xo

Germaine’s Bachelorette

Before my sister, Germaine, got married we spent 4 fun filled days in Mexico for her bachelorette. Day 1

While I flew out of Cali the rest of the girls took a short flight from Florida so they hung out by the pool and went out for dinner. Day 2

I caught up with the girls, got a good night sleep and then woke up to some goodies! My other sister, Osh (and my bed mate for the weekend) and I got our gear on and were ready to start the day. The girls and our gear! Our adventure for the day was a yacht on the Riviera Maya. I got in a cab with my roommates (sis and two cousins) and it began pouring rain!Luckily when we got there the sky cleared up and the sun came out. Got to love tropical weather! However the ocean was super choppy and very windy. Which made for a super cute photo shoot of my cute sis! Love her!After more wind and rough waves I lost my hat and my stomach.It was horrible! I was over the side of the boat the whole time!!! There were two other girls that got sick too but they were able to stop barfing after the initial round.

We finally stopped at our destination for swimming and lunch. G caught us a fish which the crew cooked for lunch. It was delicious!!  While waiting for lunch to be cooked we hung out in the water. G got to use the ring float I bought for her!After taking a couple of pictures of G and freaking out over the huge sting rays (I know I’m a baby) I somehow slipped and fell down the stairs. Unfortunately I went home with a pretty gnarly bruise.

I was ready to go back to some dry land and our new captain was ready to take us home. We got back to our hotel, The Thompson (which was beautiful and highly recommended) to rest and hang out until dinner time.

The sisters! The beautiful bride to be!For dinner we went to Diablito Cha Cha Cha. The food was yummy! After this picture with my sister I got into an argument with her and needed a breather. I met up with the girls in the club later that night, but didn’t take any pics.

We ended the night with a night swim in our clothes. Day 3

We started our day with Starbucks and a walk around the outdoor market.While we waited for the rest of our squad to get ready we took some cheesy cousin pics. Our adventure for the day was a walk through the Maya ruins and swimming in fresh water caves called the Cenotes.

We hired a tour guide for the day to take us on our adventures. We used Mexico Tropical. Our tour guide was amazing! Our first stop was lunch with the best salsa bar ever!! Next up was the Maya ruins. It was beautiful! Totally worth the trip!Next stop was my favorite!!!! The Cenotes!We swam, snorkeled and took in this natural beauty. So so cool!

We ended our adventure tour at the beach with smoothies and more tacos. We got back to our hotel and decided to check out the sunset by the pool. It was a gorgeous view so we took a couple of pics.

We got back to our rooms and got dressed for dinner. The rest of the girls were tired so it ended up being cousin night. Dessert was AMAZING!!!!After dinner we went up to the girls room for a little surprise for G.Day 4

While the girls went downstairs for breakfast I called room service and had some me time. After breakfast we headed over to another Thompson property for some beach time. We enjoyed some sangria and quiet time before our flights back home.   Thank you g for the fun weekend! Cheers!#nachoaveragebach #fiestasiestatequilarepeat

Fillmore Train Field Trip

I recently went on my 4th Fillmore Train Field Trip. Twice with Sarah and twice with Jacob.I love doing the same things with my kids and when I remember take the same picture. We are so very thankful for our mommy and me class.

My train loving boy was super excited about his 2nd turn to ride the train!Classmate Nathan and Jacob holding their trains and conductor hats.All abroad the choo choo! My little conductor is so excited! Ready for our stop, The Fish Hatchery. I totally thought Jacob would be excited to see the conductor, but for some reason Jacob was super nervous around him. We got our fish food and Jacob dropped in a few at a time.  Then he noctied his buddy Aubrey throwing in handfuls and then her whole bag so Jacob decided to do the same. Monkey see, monkey do! Now that the fish are full it’s time to go back on the train!Once we got back to the train station, we played peek a boo on the stationed trains. Such a fun day out with little man!

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