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A Girl’s Day Out at the Anaheim Packing House

Are you like me and always looking for something new to do in your own town?  I always love to discover new places to go and things to do, and you don’t always have to travel to do it!  I recently teamed up with Visit Anaheim to see everything Anaheim has to offer.  Obviously Disneyland is the first thing that comes to mind, but Anaheim is expanding to much more than that.  The Anaheim Packing House is the perfect example of that!

If you haven’t seen this cute spot you really need to check it out.  Leah and I visited a few weeks ago and spent the day exploring.  We’re sharing it all with you today with photos from Nea Nabayan.  So keep scrolling to see what The Anaheim Packing House has to offer…

The historic Anaheim Packing House is the Sunkist’s former citrus packing house, originally built in 1919. Now, the two-level foodie haven features a large central atrium with communal dining surrounded by nearly two dozen innovate culinary purveyors. Enjoy a variety of tastes, from flavorful international cuisine and down-home southern comfort fare to artisan cocktails and handcrafted desserts.

Right away we were drawn to the greenery and air plants hanging from the rafters, I mean how cool is that!?  There are so many great spots to choose from to eat or drink, it’s almost overwhelming!  Overwhelming in only the best way possible, I mean who’s gonna be mad at tons of amazing food and cocktail choices?!  Not me!!   The options are endless, you can choose to enjoy one vendor or progressively by getting appetizers from one vendor, entrees from another, finishing it all off with a dessert.

But, The Anaheim Packing House is so much more than just a place to dine, it’s an experience and a feast for all senses.  From live music and entertainment on the weekends to art installations everywhere and the history, lively ambiance and community spirit of it all.  The Packing House is for all ages, whether you’re going on a date with your family, friends or partner, you’ll find a vibe and eatery that will satisfy whatever you crave that day.

Leah and I decided to have a girl’s day out at this sweet spot and it was such a fun day!!  Our first stop had to be a cocktail of course!  So we headed to Hammer Workshop & Bar for a drink.  The drinks were as yummy as they were pretty and it’s the perfect spot to scope out all of the food you want to try as it’s centralized on the top floor of The Packing House.  Such a great way to kick off this lady date of ours!

Next up, some yummy Mexican food!  We could have gone so many different directions with food, but in my opinion you can NEVER go wrong with Mexican!!  Leah and I stopped in at Urbana for a bite to eat and immediately fell in love with the vibe of this place.  It is full of color and has a funky feel with lots of nods to Dia de los Muertos!  So fun, right?!  And the food… Well the food is freaking amazing!

Next up, it was time for a little dessert!  And to be honest, it was definitely time to cool off!  We went on a SUPER hot day so Pop Bar definitely sounded delicious, and it didn’t disappoint.  These handcrafted gourmet popsicles are to die for good and the flavor choices are so fun and creative.  

Also, can we talk bout those citrus stairs?!   I love all of the  nods to building’s former glory as a packing house.  You’ll also spot vintage citrus crate labels, outdoor seating on a train car, citrus trees and much more!


We weren’t stopping there on our food train…  A stop at Pandor was essential, because well, take a look below…  I love myself some chocolate and really think it’s the perfect end to any meal!  I mean, desserts and girlfirends should just go hand in hand… This was definitely a day to indulge and The Packing House is basically the best spot to do that!. Pandor is also a great spot for some coffee, but we weren’t quite there yet because we still had some drinking to do…. 


To end our day we walked across the street to the MAKE Building.  This spot is another aesthetically gorgeous spot that we fell in love with.  

The MAKE Building is brought to you by the same developer as the Anaheim Packing House and is a 10,500-square-foot structure that was once a marmalade factory dating back to the early 1900s. With a second lease on life, MAKE now houses Unsung Brewery, Pali Wine Co., Jav’s BBQ (soon to open) and Stone Groove Still House (a spirit distillery – coming soon).

Mirroring the community spirit of The Anaheim Packing House, MAKE also boasts communal indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment and the building is a work of art as well.

How rad is Unsung Brewery?!  With all of the nods to comic books and super heroes I think any dude would be happy to be there… Beer and Comics?!  A guy’s heaven!  Even my son Court would die over this place!!  We loved doing their beer tasting too!

Next up, the brand new Pali Wine.  For this hot day we opted for their Rosé and it was delicious!  Then took it outside to the communal area to enjoy…  This space is so fun and we loved all of the greenery and the modern feel.  I can see myself spending lots of weekends here enjoying some wine and beer!


This area is so fun and cute, and growing rapidly!  Downtown Anaheim has been evolving and there is so much to look forward to! Center St. Promenade, located around the corner, is the next place on our list to check out!  It’s home to a number of eclectic shops and eateries.  

Visit Anaheim gave us some info on more upcoming spots to check out….  We are super excited for Modern Times’ Leisuretown. Located in a craftsman house down the street from Anaheim Packing House, patrons can look forward to boundary-pushing beer, a café, stalls serving food from Southern California’s best chefs, a swimming pool complete with poolside bar, movie screen, and great coffee. Leisuretown will open late 2017.

Thank you Visit Anaheim for showing us what we’ve been missing in Anaheim and that there is more to Anaheim than that Disney place ;)

Where are you planning on exploring this Summer?!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on August 3, 2017 in GIRLS DAY OUT, LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL

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Beijos Getaway and Giveaway to Guerneville and Auto Camp

I’m so excited to share this amazing Beijos Getaway with you today!!  If you follow us on Instagram you may have seen some sneak peeks into a glamping girls getaway we did… Well here it is!!  Us ladies took a trip to gorgeous Guerneville, CA.  It’s the cutest town about an hour outside of San Francisco in an area which is technically wine country but more on the coast than Napa!  While we were there we glamped at Auto Camp, which we are all now completely in love with!

You can win our getaway and see more on Green Wedding Shoes today!!

Photos by the lovely Carlie Statsky
Hair and Makeup by Berlin 
Clothing from Knot Sisters
Accessories from Brixton, James Michelle, Wyeth Eyewear and Sea Vees

When I was planning our next Beijos Getaway I knew I wanted to stay at Auto Camp.  I had followed them on Instagram and always thought it looked so amazing, glamping in a rad airstream or luxury tent in the gorgeous redwoods!?  Count me in!!  Well believe it or not it’s even better in person. 

The amenities at Auto Camp are really incredible.  They seem to have thought of everything and the design of it all is perfection.  Seriously, the bed was so comfy, at this point I don’t think any of us can go regular camping again! 

Here’s a little more info on Auto Camp… It was created by California natives Neil DiPaola, Ryan Miller, and their team as a place for people who love nature + also a bit of luxury. They’ve got other locations in Santa Barbara as well as Sonoma, with a few others in the works! Though this location at Auto Camp Russian River doesn’t operate as a wedding venue, it may be possible at some of the future locations! A major plus? They do offer group bookings + retreats at Russian River.

I can’t get over the insane accommodations!  The airstreams and tents are both aesthetically amazing!

The first night we did a cute little set up complete with wine, some apps from Big Bottom Market and s’mores… Well, we basically did that every night!  This trip was all about exploring during the day and relaxing in the evening, and I can’t think of anything better than that! It’s the perfect place for a low key girls weekend, a bachelorette party, mini moon or even a family trip!

How cute is this set up?!  We used some amazing pieces from Cultivate Rentals and our pal Meghann Miniello did the calligraphy.

We had to buy these cute little wine glasses from Auto Camp!!!

The town of Guerneville is a hidden gem located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. Historically, the town was known for its logging community — having formed in the late 1800s, and today there are charming shops, restaurants, and wineries with a much-loved rustic feeling.

Mixing towering redwoods with sparkling, cool waters, and laid-back attitudes, Guerneville was a popular vacation getaway for San Franciscans (by train) in the 1870s to the 1930s. Today, it’s got a hip, free-spirited vibe with all the cozy cabins, food stands, cafes reminiscent of the ’60s and more! With more than 50 wineries within a ~20-minute drive, it’s definitely a place for wine lovers!

We were really lucky to meet up with Michael Volpatt the Co-founder of Big Bottom Market while we were in town.  He showed us all around his favorite spots which is how we knew where to go!  He was basically our own personal tour guide for the day and we couldn’t have had more fun!  Michael was the best and since he is such an influencer in the community up there I wanted to ask him a few questions about the town for you…

We love Big Bottom Market, talk to us about owning such an iconic spot in town…

Big Bottom Market has been an amazing new chapter in the lives of me and my business partner. We opened the Market with the help of Crista Luedtke six years ago and together we all worked on creating a place that welcomes locals and visitors with great food and wine.  Being noticed by local and national press has also been great for the Market and for the town. Our biscuit mix and honey was recently named one of Oprah’s Favorite Things and this designation is opening so many great doors for us. Pretty soon you’ll start seeing Big Bottom Market retail products in stores nationwide!

Here’s a look at Big Bottom Market, our favorite spot for a bite and a glass of wine!  And yes, the biscuits are THAT good!

You used to primarily live in San Francisco, what drew you out to Guerneville?

For years I would come up here with friends and spend weekends camping, hiking, wine tasting, floating on the river and having fun.   When the real estate market was down it became far more affordable to purchase property and I jumped at the chance. At first it was supposed to only be a weekend retreat, but I quickly found myself spending more and more time in this little hamlet and recently decided to give up my home in the city for full time residence.  Although I do travel quite a bit for work and pleasure it is always so wonderful to come back to my home in the Redwoods.

Next up is boon, such an amazing hotel that also has a spa, doesn’t a massage sound pretty great right now?!

What are some of your favorite parts of living in Guerneville?

Where else can you get the Russian River, the Redwoods and close proximity to the coast as well as some of the most amazing wineries in the world.  When I moved here eight years ago the town was just starting to transform as young entrepreneurs and weekend warriors started moving in, buying real estate and opening businesses. A number of long time locals were also ready to transition the beauty that they helped create along Main Street and beyond and have welcomed change with open arms.  Living in a small community of people that really care about the town has been absolutely wonderful.

This is El Barrio, such a cute spot with so many amazing details!  We loved the tile and all of the color… Oh, and their drinks are so tasty, you won’t want to leave… I didn’t!

Tell us your top 5 spots to see in the Russian River…

1. Armstong Woods
2. The sunset at River’s End in Jenner
3. Johnson’s Beach (get the hot dog)
4. Wine tasting at Porter Bass Winery
5. Crudo at Seaside Metal and Brussel Sprouts at boon

Probably our favorite stop on out Guerneville tour was Porter Bass Winery.  It’s so picturesque, the wines are delicious and above all it was so relaxing and refreshing to just sit and talk with each other.  A definite must see!!

We love the community in Guerneville, talk to us about that and how they support the gay community…

This town has a very big and active LGBTQ community. So many of the Guerneville’s business owners and new residents are gay men and women from both the town and the city. Sonoma County Pride is hosted here and we have an order of the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence who work hard to raise money for local non-profit organizations.  If someone had to choose a lovely little “gay community” to be a part of and wanted a place where EVERYONE is welcomed with open arms I would tell them to look no further.  Guerneville is the place to be.

Michael took us to a local taco cart for lunch and we picnicked over looking the Russian River… Give us yummy tacos and a gorgeous view, and we’ll give you three huge smiles!!

After wine and lunch, be sure to stop by Guerneville Bank Club – a cute spot with a local lady’s homemade ice cream, a photo booth and a fun little shop!

Johnson’s Beach is such a fun spot to relax on the Russian River.  The beauty of it is unreal, and the water is really refreshing!!

We took Michael’s advice and went to dinner at Rivers’ End in Jenner, just a short drive from Auto Camp.  The sunset was so magical!!

The next morning we got in our cozy robes, enjoyed some more biscuits and hit the road… Best couple of days, and we’re dying to go back!!  Can’t they just give us a permanent place to live?!  We promise we won’t get in the way!!

Now… Who’s ready for an EPIC GIVEAWAY?!?!?!  Yes, you guys, it’s THAT GOOD!!!!

Head over to Green Wedding Shoes to enter, but here is what you can win!

The giveaway includes:
• a 2 night stay at AutoCamp (subject to availability; black out dates and restrictions apply. Call to book.)
• lunch for 4 at Big Bottom Market
• Spa Treatment at boon — valued up to $130 (gratuity not included)
• $100 Gift Card to Knot Sisters
• 1 Cocoa Beach Blanket from Gunn & Swain
• 1 Las Cruces Fedora from Brixton
• 1 Mexicana Pouch and 1 Leather Keychain from Cleobella
• 1 Ikat Weekend Bag from The Little Market
• 1 Pair of Wyeth Dilworth Sunglasses in Dark Havana
• 1 Large Coin Necklace from James Michelle
• 1 Stelle Audio Pillar in Pewter
• 1 Travel Mug Camping Set from Miir

Good luck!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on July 26, 2017 in BEIJOS GETAWAY, GIVEAWAY, TRAVEL

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A Day at Disneyland with Magic Kingdom Mamas

Disneyland is one of our favorite places to visit with our kids.  Living in Southern California, especially only about 10 miles from Disneyland, you have to take full advantage!  My husband and I used to have annual passes even before kids, but now seeing it through their eyes is even better!  Leah and I both have annual passes and take our kids as often as we can.  It’s the perfect playdate, meet up at opening and play hard till nap time.  Or go in the evening for a parade and a few rides, change into pajamas and drive home, easy peasy!

All photos by Nea Nabayan

At this point we sort of consider ourselves Disneyland professionals.  However, we are nothing compared to Julie & Emily, aka the Magic Kingdom Mamas!  We love following along with this sister duo who visit the parks frequently and have THE BEST tips and tricks to making your visit amazing.  They know the ins and outs like no other.  Of course we had to plan a meet up with them and share all of their knowledge with you!  So if you are planning a trip to Disneyland with your kiddos, this is the post for you!  Don’t forget to follow along on their Instagram Account for more tips on the daily, and their adorable dance moves!

We met up with them earlier this month, and a few of our other Disney obsessed friends.  You may recognize these faces from these Instagram accounts – @wildevalentine, @jl_designs, and @1011makeup.  It was so fun seeing all of our kiddos together at the happiest place on earth, we were rolling deep with this many!  Julie and Emily lead the way though so we were in the best hands!  Here’s our Q&A with them and some amazing tips and more from the Magic Kingdom Mamas and us!!

How did you come up with the idea for Magic Kingdom Mamas and when did it all begin?

When Emily’s son was born, we lived about 2 hours away from each other. We wanted our kids to have the same close relationship that we had with our cousins growing up, so we made it a point to meet once a week halfway. Disney was the perfect spot (can’t get more magical than that!). After going to the parks consistently for a few months with our kids, friends and family started asking us questions about it— how to keep kids entertained while waiting in lines, what to do there with babies and so on. One day we were talking about it with our husbands and they said “why don’t you guys just start an IG account?” Haha, and that was it! We started this account initially for friends and family, really having NO idea that it would transform into a website and business and all that. It is is wild to think that it actually happened! 

How often do you go to Disneyland?

 We go at least two times a week!

What is your usual route when you go to the parks?

 Our usual route if we do a full day at Disneyland (starting at opening) is Fantasyland first because that’s typically an area that draws the most people by mid-day (especially families with young kids!)! After Fantasyland we like to stop in Toontown for the welcome at the gate by Mickey or a couple of his friends when it opens one hour after Disneyland opens.

After Toontown we head into Tomorrowland to ride Buzz Lightyear Astroblasters or Autopia (Jedi Training Trials of the Temple is also one of our kids’ favorite shows to stop for)! After Tomorrowland, we love to stroll through Frontierland, then to New Orleans Square for Pirates of the Caribbean or Haunted Mansion (if our kids are feeling up for those two, ha!), then to Critter Country for The Many Adventure of Winnie the Pooh. Lastly, we head back toward Adventureland to check out the wait time for the Jungle Cruise! This route can change depending on wait times, but this is pretty common for us!

California Adventure route starting at park opening:

 We start in Cars Land to ride one of the most popular attractions, Radiator Springs Racers (IF we don’t get a Fast Pass for it first), then we like to do the other two Cars Land rides, Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree! After Cars Land, we head to Toy Story Midway Mania on Paradise Pier – if the standby wait time is too long, we will grab a Fast Pass for it. While we’re down by the Toy Story ride, we like to ride King Triton’s Carousel because the line is typically short, then we walk past Silly Symphony Swings, Jumpin’ Jellyfish and the Golden Zephyr to check wait times (all three typically have short wait times).

Our last stop on Paradise Pier is The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure ride,  then we head toward Grizzly Peak Airfield to grab Fast Passes for Soarin’ Around the World (our over 40 inch kiddo’s love this ride). After Soarin’, there aren’t a ton of other attractions left to do for our kid’s age groups, so we either go into A Bug’s Land to ride the four attractions there (usually all have short wait times) or Monster’s, Inc. Mike and Sulley to the Rescue. The great thing about Monster’s, Inc. is the line is usually pretty quick, but if it happens to be an extra busy day, and you only have 2 in your group, ask the Cast Member at the attraction’s entrance for a “Buddy Pass” to bypass the line and enter through the exit to ride right away!

Favorite photo spots in Disneyland:

-In front of Sleeping Beauty Castle
-Anywhere on Main Street 
-Blue and white It’s a Small World wall 
-The Mark Twain
-Toontown (so many good, fun colors and buildings!) 

Favorite photo spots in California Adventure:

-Hollywood Land back drop next to the Hyperion Theater
-The famous blue wall (popular photo spot) at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land
-Paradise Park overlooking Mickey’s Fun Wheel
-Route 66 in Cars Land 
-The boardwalk on Paradise Pier (down by Toy Story Midway Mania and Mickey’s Fun Wheel)

What are the top tips you could give to someone visiting Disneyland & California Adventure? 

1. ARRIVE EARLY! We tell people this all the time! It is so worth waking up early to get to the main gates before opening. What we do is arrive to the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure right when it opens which is 60 minutes before the parks opens on SundayMondayWednesday and Friday, and 90 minutes before the parks open on TuesdayThursday and Saturday. The Main Gates to the parks actually open anywhere from 15-30 minutes BEFORE the official park opening/rope drop occurs so guests can wander Main Street in Disneyland or Buena Vista Street in California Adventure. It’s nice to be in the park and ready to go before the rush! The first couple hours after the park opens are usually pretty slow, so it’s a great time to get the more popular attractions done! 
 
2. Pick 5 can’t-miss attractions for your kids’ age groups and try to get those checked off your list first thing so you can enjoy the rest of your day a little more stress-free. Things can be unpredictable with kids, so over planning can sometimes make for a not so fun day if things don’t go according to plan. Try not to have too many expectations for the day – it’s way more relaxing that way! In regards to attractions, be sure to utilize Fast Pass if an attraction you’re hoping to get on offers them! Fast Passes will cut down your wait time significantly. Rider Switch is also really great thing if there is an attraction that not everyone in your party can go on/or doesn’t want to go on.
 
3. Use the Baby Care Centers! The Baby Care Centers have been lifesavers for us, not only when our kids were babies – we still use them all the time! There is one Baby Care Center located at the north end of Main Street in Disneyland,  across from the Little Red Wagon Corn Dog stand (feed your babe then get yourself a corn dog!!!), and one next to Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop in California Adventure. Both centers offer a private nursing area, high chairs for feeding little ones, microwaves for warming bottles/food, clean and comfy changing tables, preschool sized potties, and various baby things for purchase (cash only) that you may have forgotten at home such as diapers, wipes, formula, pacifiers, sunscreen, Gerber baby food and more! It’s an amazing place!
 
4. Take breaks! It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of a Disney day, but with young kids, it’s so important to stop for breaks, snacks, etc! Just a few minutes is all that’s usually needed, but it always refuels us! We like to bring a blanket to spread out to let the kids play with their cars, coloring books or other toys (the dollar store is a good place to get toys because it’s not a big deal if they get lost at the parks, ha!)! 
 
5. Let your little ones get some out of stroller play time in – it’ll help when you have to stand in lines! Our kids love Goofy’s House in Toontown at Disneyland to get their little legs moving. We also like to explore Tarzan’s Treehouse in Adventureland and Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island – the ultimate playground! In California Adventure we love the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail (amazing spot with rock slides, rope swings, rock climbing walls and more!) or the Animation Academy! On hot days, we visit the splash pads in A Bug’s Land. 
 

6. Use the official Disneyland App – the greatest tool for a Disney day! The app has so many helpful things like attraction wait times, entertainment schedules, restroom locations, PhotoPass photographer locations, wifi hot spots, restaurant locations (you can book reservations on the app!), and so much more. 

What are your top 5 rides or attractions at each park?

 Top 5 attractions at Disneyland for our kid’s age groups:
1. Peter Pan’s Flight
2. Casey Jr. Train
3. It’s a Small World
4. The Teacups
And just to add our “big kid” ride picks – Emily’s favorite is Big Thunder Mountain and Julie’s favorite is Splash Mountain!
 
Top 5 attractions at California Adventure for our kid’s age groups:
1. The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure 
2. Toy Story Midway Mania 
3. Jumpin’ Jellyfish (must be 40 inches to ride)
4. Radiator Springs Racers (must be 40 inches to ride)
5. Luigi’s Rollicking Roadsters (must be 32″ to ride)

Favorite “big kid” attractions – Emily’s is a tie between Radiator Springs Racers and Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and Julie’s is Soarin’ Around the World.

Favorite entertainment at Disneyland:

1. Mickey and the Magical Map at the Fantasyland Theatre (only shows on FridaySaturdaySunday and Monday)
2. Mickey and friends with the Disneyland Band at Town Square in front of the Main Street Train Station at 12:30 daily. The daily schedule doesn’t include that the characters dance with the band, so we always tell people to be sure to see it! 
3. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple at the Tomorrowland Terrace Stage 
4. Fantasmic! – returning July 17!
5. Main Street Electrical Parade (last performance is on August 20!)!
6. “Remember…Dreams Come True” fireworks spectacular 
 
Favorite entertainment at California Adventure:
1. The Red Car Trolley Newsboys 
2. Disney Junior Dance Party
3. Frozen Live at the Hyperion
4. World of Color 
5. Pixar Play Parade 
 
Favorite treats or things to eat?  
 
This is a hard one because we could go on and on! Haha! 
 
Our favorite treats are:
1. The dark chocolate-covered pineapple spear or any of the chocolate-covered Mickey-shaped rice krispy treats from the Candy Palace on Main Street, Pooh Corner in Critter Country or Trolley Treats on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure
2. The Mangonada – 2 scoops of mango sorbet, chamoy sauce, mango slices, tajin and lime
from Clarabelle’s Hand Scooped Ice Cream on Buena Vista Street in California Adventure
3. Mickey-shaped beignets from The Mint Julep Bar or Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square 
4. The classic churro from any churro stand throughout both parks!
 
Favorite meals:
1. We love any of the meat and veggie skewers from Bengal Barbecue in Adventureland with a pomegranate piranha lemonade on the side!
2. Pommes Frites and a Monte Christo Sandwich from Cafe Orleans in New Orleans Square
3. CORN DOG (duh!) from the Little Red Wagon on Main Street
4. Fried chicken with green beans, mashed potatoes and a biscuit from the Plaza Inn (it’s so gooood)!
5. Mickey waffle plate from Carnation Cafe on Main Street
4. Greek meat and veggie skewers from Paradise Garden Grill in California Adventure  
5. All American Breakfast or the kids Mater and Flo waffle plate from Flo’s V8 Cafe in Cars Land in California Adventure
6. Lobster nachos (substitute for tri-tip if you’d like!) from the Cove Bar

What are you most excited about for Disneyland this Summer? 

 We’re most excited about the return of Disneyland classics that have been closed for well over a year due to refurbishments and Star Ward Land construction! Pirates Lair on Tom Sawyer Island was the first classic to re-open about a week ago. One of our favorite shows of all time, “Fantasmic!”, will return on July 17, Disneyland’s 62nd anniversary and lastly, the Disneyland Railroad, Rivers of America (Mark Twain, Sailing Ship Columbia, and the Davey Crockett Explorer Canoes) will re-open on July 29! We’re also really enjoying Summer of Heroes at California Adventure – lots of Marvel fun for kids including new character meet and greets, complimentary super hero face painting, new super hero-themed food offerings, and new entertainment! Summer of Heroes last day is September 10. We hope everyone gets to experience the fun happening at both parks this Summer!
 
We can’t agree more with all of this great advice the Magic Kingdom Mamas have leant to this post.  Thank you SO much ladies!!!
 
Some Beijos Advice…

A bit of advice from Leah and I, is always go with the flow when visiting the park.  I used to try and make sure we did so many things in a certain amount of time but it’s far more fun to do what you can and enjoy yourself then to rush.  Also, be prepared for melt downs and crying, it happens!  And don’t be embarrassed because it happens to EVERYONE!  We’ve seen it happened to others and definitely experienced it ourselves!

All of the resources Magic Kingdom Mamas gave are great but we have another… Visit Anaheim!  They have lots of great ideas for restaurants and other info that is helpful for people visiting.  We’ve definitely pointed some out of town family members in their direction and it’s been super helpful.

 We love California Adventure for many reasons… To me it seems like it’s the better park for boys, there is so much that Court loves there.  Monsters Inc, Cars, Toy Story, Grizzly Run, etc.  He also loves going on Little Mermaid with Edie of course!  There are usually less crowds there as well.  But another reason we love it?!  They serve alcohol!  We swear we are not alcoholics, but sometimes mama needs a glass of wine or a beer while dealing with the chaos of Disneyland… Speaking of, let me tell you a little bit about our shoot!

At the very end of the day Leah and I were at California Adventure solo with just our kids.  First we dealt with a blow out with one of my sons, I mean a bad one, it was all over… Thank god I had a change of clothes.  Then we decided (foolishly) to let our kiddos run in the water play area in Bug’s Land.  We had NO idea they would get so wet!  

So there we were with 4 extremely tired (a few crying) and two soaking wet kiddos trying to maneuver through California Adventure.  That’s when we hit up one more ride and it was time to go! Haha!  You never know what is gonna happen, so like I said, go with the flow.  You’ll have a much better experience if you do :) Here’s some photographic evidence of the end of our day, don’t worry, no blow out pics!

I call this multi-tasking!!

And that’s a real life day at Disneyland for ya!  Haha!  But it really is the happiest and most magical place on earth!!  Let us know if you have any more questions in the comments, we will do our best to answer them!

Stay tuned for a REALLY big giveaway tomorrow!!!

xx

Jacquelyn


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By on June 28, 2017 in BEIJOS TIPS, KIDS, LIFESTYLE, SUMMER, TRAVEL

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Beijos Getaway – Palm Springs

It’s that time again, another Beijos Girls Day Out, however we’ve decided to switch it up a bit… These are now complete getaways and we are loving it!  It started with our road trip to Ojai and this time we are going to a new spot, and we thought, these are turning into full blown weekends of fun, so it’s no longer a “day out” but a BEIJOS GETAWAY!!

This recent girls getaway was to Palm Springs, we always love our girl time but in one of our favorite places ever?!  Now that’s an epic weekend in the making!  We love everything about Palm Springs, the sun and heat, the shopping and food, the landscapes and pools, you name it!  We’ve all been many, many times, but not all 3 of us together at once.

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Best of all we are offering the ultimate Palm Springs Getaway for our readers!!  You can find all of the details over on Green Wedding Shoes where it is featured today, and be sure to head to Instagram to follow Beijos Events, Green Wedding Shoes and Megan Welker for your chance to win!!  More on that giveaway later…

Let’s see what kind of trouble us Beijos Ladies got in, shall we?!  And obviously we never leave home without our buddy Megan Welker, it’s just no fun without her!!

Wardrobe by Show Me Your Mumu, Sunglasses by Raen, and Hair & Makeup by Nancy Zizun, Marilyn Nunez and Jen Martens.

Now when you go to Palm Springs you’ve gotta start with the best breakfast, and the only place for good breakfast grub in that city is Cheeky’s…  We love sitting on their patio enjoying some mimosas or bloody mary’s with the yummiest of food!!

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meganwelker-palmsprings-24 Now, some shopping!!  Our first stop was right down the road at Bon Vivant, a beautiful vintage shop with some definite treasures!!

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meganwelker-palmsprings-137 meganwelker-palmsprings-138 meganwelker-palmsprings-125 meganwelker-palmsprings-127 meganwelker-palmsprings-150 After happy hour we needed some grub… We were starving after our long day!!  So we went to one of our go to spots in Palm Springs, and we know it’s one of all of yours… The Ace Hotel.  After a beautiful stroll around the property we had some yummy dinner at King’s Highway

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meganwelker-trinaturk-1 meganwelker-trinaturk-3 meganwelker-trinaturk-10 meganwelker-trinaturk-28 meganwelker-trinaturk-53 We have to tell you, these girl’s getaways are good for the soul… We are all so busy, having a little escape is just so needed and deserved!  Don’t forget to enter our giveaway with Green Wedding Shoes today!!  We will have all of the details on it later today!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on April 4, 2016 in BEIJOS GETAWAY, GIRLS DAY OUT, GIVEAWAY, SHOPPING, TRAVEL

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