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!

Lice

Sarah recently came home with the dreaded letter. They have LICE IN CAMP!!!

Throw up, sucking snot from that strange looking tube, and a poopy mess is all doable for me, but nothing grosses me more then little bugs in my kids hair.

Yup, you read it right, we too were plagued with lice in the past. Sarah was in kindergarten and only a few months into a new school when I got the call, “Sarah has lice”. It was horrible, disgusting and really difficult. After I bombed her scalp and combed through Sarah’s thick and curly hair for what feels like forever, we sent her to school lice free. Turns out I left eggs in her hair and in one nights sleep those little suckers hatched into lice. I once again got the call, “she has lice.”  UGHHHH! What was I suppose to do? Buy more of that poison, go through her hair AGAIN all while she’s screaming from the burning sensation while I try to keep myself from throwing up. No thanks! I did a quick search and came up with the perfect solution.

I called My Hair Helpers and within two hours Amy showed up at my door.  

She gave me some advice, taught me some tricks and best of all she got rid of Sarah’s lice!!! I am forever grateful for her.

Here’s what we did.

Step 1: Fill a spray bottle with 1/3 conditioner and 2/3 water. Spray throughout hair.

Step 2: Comb throughout hair. Get rid of as much lice as you can.

Step 3: Use Amy’s natural lice removal mousse.

Step 4: Rinse hair.

Step 5: Braid hair and use my mint spray daily to avoid any more lice. 

Thank you Amy for all your help! I really couldn’t have done it without you. 

Looking for Hair Helpers in your area? Check it out here.Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. Just a mama sharing something that works.

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!

PlusCBD Oil

You may have heard a lot about CBD Oil. I know I have been pretty curious. So when I was recently introduced to PlusCBD Oil I was intrigued to try all the different types. CBD or Cannabidiol is from the hemp plant which contains excellent nutritional value. It provides essential nutritional components called Essential Fatty acids that the human body does not produce naturally, and must be consumed by the diet. Additionally, scientific research supports the consumption of CBD from hemp oil for general well being.

Agricultural hemp is non-psychotoxic that keeps you healthy and doesn’t get you “high”.

Not only is hemp renewable and fast growing, nearly every part of the plant is usable – for food, fiber, building materials and fuel. An estimated 25,000 uses!

Hemp oil is also good for the earth! Hemp sequesters C02 an doesn’t need herbicides to thrive. It also leaves the soil in better condition then before it was planted. Every person is unique and has a different, ideal dose for them. PlusCBD Oil suggests starting low and slowly finding the perfect dose for yourself. Here are some helpful tips on understanding the different formulations:

For those busy moms who are always on the run, PlusCBD Oil Capsules are the way to go. They contain a convenient 15 mg of CBD per serving and can easily be swallowed.

The PlusCBD Oil Balm revitalizes skin with a refreshing peppermint scent. The entire jar contains 50 mg of CBD and CBDA.

PlusCBD Oil Drops can easily be added to your favorite drink or smoothie as a fun and convenient way to get your daily CBD. Each serving contains 3 mg of CBD.

PlusCBD Oil Extra Strength Spray offers the perfect dose of CBD. It is great for beginners or those new to CBD. With 3 mg of CBD per serving, it offers a refreshing taste with each spritz!

PlusCBD Oil Softgels are formulated with an extra-virgin olive oil base. With 15mg of CBD per serving this is a great option for those looking for high intensity support.

My favorite PlusCBD Oil item is the PlusCBD Oil Balm. The gentle peppermint scent is not overpowering while the balm itself is smooth and non greasy. I applied it to my hands which suffer from eczema. The gentle texture was easy to apply and felt nice and light on my hand.  Where to purchase?
PlusCBD Oil is available to purchase at your local independent health food stores or at www.pluscbdoil.com. To find PlusCBD Oil in your area, click here for a full list of locations.

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Disclosure: This post was written as part of my participation in the Moms Meet program. While PlusCBD Oil provided me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, the thoughts and statements in this post are my own.

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.

Summer Bucket List {2018}

Every summer Sarah and I come up with a list of fun things to do throughout the summer. This way when we have some open days in between camp and vacation days we can look at our list and do something fun. This year Jacob had a few ideas too. 

With lots of computer practice throughout the school year, Sarah decided she wanted to make her list on the computer this year.

Moxi Museum

Chumash Museum

Long Beach Aquarium

Sea Center in Santa Barbara

Kidspace Pasadena

Discovery Cube

Trolley ride to library

Make ice pops

Lemonade Stand

Splash Pad

Malibu Lagoons

Casitas Water Park

Ventura Aquatic Center

Natural History Museum

California Science Center

Ride the tram and picnic at the Getty Gardens

Summer family vacation

Concerts in the Park

Go to $1 movies

This is a much longer list then usual, but I really wanted to have all our ideas in one place. And if you are local, maybe this list can help you too.

Have anything fun and easy to add to our list? Please share below.

Happy summer!

See past lists below.

Summer Bucket List 2017

Summer Bucket List 2016

Summer Bucket List 2015

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