Friday, September 30, 2011

Anything's Possible at the Possibility Shop with Courtney Watkins!

This isn't the first time I'm sharing info about Jim Henson's Possibility Shop with Courtney Watkins and it certainly won't be the last time. I adore Courtney and the whimsical way she shares her crafts ideas with children and adults. The Possibility Shop is a wonderful web series on Disney's Family.com that opens a whole new world of possibilities for children through arts and crafts. They have just debuted their 3rd season and there will be 20 new creative "how-to" webisodes filled with inspirational ideas for the entire family to enjoy.
I had the pleasure of attending a special presentation of the Possibility Shop at the Jim Henson Studios. My kids were so excited to spend a day doing crafts with Courtney and hang out with their favorite friends from Disney Interactive Media Group.
We were even more excited when we found out that she was covering one of our favorite webisodes...Episode 5: Slumber Party Camp-In!!! All the fun of camping, but inside the comfort of your own home. The kids sat down and made campfires out of flashlights and had a shadow puppet show!






After the presentation we feasted on good old fashioned camping grub such as mac n cheese, baked beans, sliders, hot dogs and Jackson's favorite...pork ribs! The boy sat down and devoured 14 ribs! Impossible you say? Nothing is impossible at the Possibility Shop! hahahaha!



My kids really loved making S'mores with Golden Grahams cereal, Mini Marshmallows and Chocolate Chips. They each had their own jars and filled them to the top. My Mom was on hand to help with the scooping and sealing of the jars.


Now it was time to work off all that yummy food so the kids ran around the amazing courtyard at the Jim Henson Studios and even got the opportunity to sit down in their screen room and watch a few episodes of Dinosaur Train. My kids really enjoyed themselves. Especially when Bubba came out to play!


Here are a few of my favorite photos that I took at the event. You'll see a lot of the Jim Henson Studios, My Mom and the kids of course!






We had the BEST DAY EVER! Thanks to everyone involved for such a perfect day of fun! Special Thanks to Kirsten & Dana for hosting the most delightful events. We LOVE you gals! And Thank You to Courtney Watkins for your inspirational show!

Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated for this post. I was invited to an event in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad!

Oh me, Oh my...I have seen the light and I LOVE IT!!! La Costa Resort and Spa is, hands down, one of the most wonderful, serene, beautiful, relaxing and AWESOME-est places to stay, play & eat...EVER! They have got it all! From the moment we pulled up to the resort and entered the driveway, our jaws dropped and we couldn't wait to see more.


Our rooms were gorgeous! The nicest rooms we've ever stayed in! We had two adjoining rooms, a one bedroom suite with a living room, sofa sleeper, 2 patios and the second room had 2 Queen beds with a 3rd patio. Both bathrooms had huge tubs and separate showers. The colors, patterns, furniture and decor were all so amazing. The kids ran from room to room screaming and laughing with their special gift bags that they received upon check-in. We easily could have locked ourselves in our rooms for the entire stay and had the best quality family time!




After a little bit of relaxing, we changed and headed over to Legends Bistro for dinner. We are always excited to try new places and Legends Bistro impressed us right away. We sat outside overlooking the massive golf course and were able to enjoy the sunset. There was a lovely fire pit and the layout was very spacious and relaxing.


The food was so good! I don't even know where to begin! Fried Calamari, a Trio of Sliders, Steak, you name it...it was all perfect! My kids had Mac-n-Cheese, Burgers & Fish...all of which got devoured!




The staff was just as delightful as the food. From our lovely hostess Hannah to our humble attendant, Hooshmand, the entire dinner experience was effortless. Our waiter, Cem, was AWESOME! He was great with the kids and my parents. Very patient and he made Jackson feel like such a grown up being able to order his dinner the way he wanted it. Cem even brought him his favorite drink loaded with maraschino cherries. He also brought Mya the dessert tray and let her pick exactly what she wanted which is huge for her because she is the Queen of desserts!!! I can go on and on about dinner, but there is still so much to share.


After dinner we took the kids over to Vibz Game Lounge, which is a really cool recreation room designed just for kids, tweens and adults that enjoy a bit of gaming. It was the perfect activity for us after dinner. We played ping pong, billiards, skee ball and so much more. Jackson and Parker hit up the XBOX stations and got lost in the gaming. We had the best evening!




It was such a beautiful night and our surroundings were so breath-taking that my parents just couldn't resist sharing a romantic moonlit dance.


The next morning we had a quick breakfast then headed out to the pool area. La Costa Resort is the sister property to Rancho Las Palmas Resort and also one of many luxury resorts owned by KSL Resorts. It was no surprise to me that the pool area was going to be a jaw-dropping. The Splashtopia at La Costa was so much fun. The layout of the pool area was just perfect. Two crazy water slides that I couldn't pull Jackson away from and 1 toddler water slide that was made for Mya and Parker. My parents were laughing and having just as much fun as my kids were. Papa and Parker fell asleep poolside! It was a great family fun day for all of us.



Check out these clips from our day at the pool:








I couldn't believe it was time to check out and say goodbye to this gorgeous resort. We were all so sad to be leaving. There was not one single thing about our visit that I could complain about. It was delightful from start to end. I want to THANK the warm and professional staff for everything they did to make our stay so pleasant. You truly have a great group of people working for you! We can't wait for next Summer...next time I'm bringing the Great Grand Parents too! We LOVE La Costa Resort!

Disclosure: I was not paid or compensated for this post. I was provided accommodations in order to facilitate my review. These are just my two cents!