Happy Friday everyone!
Happy Friday everyone!
by Rose Elder
There is a kids section at the library that is worth visiting if you are around. There are obviously many books as well as interactive digital tools. There are also reading times for kids, just look them up here.
You might event want to stop at Petco Park to watch The Padres play baseball if they are in season. They have a kids section with a huge sandbox and tickets are pretty cheap, around $10-$15.
A fun experience for the kids can be taking The Coaster train that departs from Santa Fe Station in Little Italy, to north county. Stop at Solana Beach and walk around Cedros Street. They have amazing little boutiques and galleries. Solo is for sure my favorite.
You can visit South Park after going to North Park or vice versa. They are pretty close to each other, maybe a 5 minute drive. Here you can walk the streets, stop at Station for a burger. Station is a pretty cool place with a kids area, so its always busy. Visit The Gold Leaf and Junc Boutiques. Then have an ice cream at The Daily Scoop on Juniper or a chocolate dessert at Eclipse bar and bistro.
Located in Downtown San Diego. It is pretty amazing, super modern and ample. Many hands-on activities for the kids. I believe it’s $8 per person to get in.
The San Diego Zoo if you have the time it is incredible. It is huge, so it will take you all day to see it. The only problem with the zoo, if you care, is that in the summers it is packed. It is honestly hard to walk around. I try to go with girlfriends early mornings in the fall.
The Waterfront Park is located in Downtown San Diego west of Little Italy. It is one of the most amazing parks you will ever visit and it is free! They have a huge area where the kids can splash and a playground with fun and creative structures. If you have the energy take a 20 minute walk to The Headquarters and have lunch at Puesto. Great Mexican food! Don’t forget to walk around Seaport Village after your meal.
The views are out of this world. I can go on and on on the history here, but what you need to see is the views of downtown San Diego and the bay, the light house and visit the cemetery on your way out.
I really hope this answers some of your questions on what to do when you visit this amazing city with your families.
What are some of your favorite spots in San Diego?
by Rose Elder
by Rose Elder
I met with Janna Cota, founder and owner of TRESCOOL, and fashion specialist. She is giving us the insight into the main trends we will be seeing this summer 2017. Some trends from last year will stay but get ready to add this summer favorites to your collection!
Wear them in dresses, tops and jumpsuits. There are no limits for flowers.
Modernize this classic print with a fun dress or a sexy top.
Wear it up or wear it down. Lace is here to make a statement any time of day.
Vertical stripes are the trend. They elongate and slim your figure.
Deconstructed tops are getting more and more daring.
Thank you, Janna!
What trends are you rocking this summer?
by Rose Elder
My husband recently wrote an article for melmagazine.com. The article is about how to buy exactly a week worth of groceries. He interviewed a nutritionist and a professional organizer to give the reader information on how to achieve this.
I asked Adam if he could ask the experts for advice on how to avoid wasting food. I recently had found myself buying chia seeds because I wasn’t able to find any in my pantry drawer. I realized, after a full pantry cleanup, that I not only had one bag of chia seeds hiding in there, I had 4! I also found myself frequently throwing away spoiled leftovers from my fridge from who knows when.
Both the professional organizer and the nutritionist kept mentioning to Adam that the key to eating what you already have and subsequently saving money is: “You have to see it.”
It sounds so simple, but is easier said than done. I was determined to organize my pantry and refrigerator in a way that would not only look organized, but that was 100% functional. Last year we remodeled our kitchen with Ikea cabinetry and at that time we only bought a few drawer organizers because we were already maxed out. Ikea has the most amazing accessories to help your kitchen organization go to the next level, so I figured I’d start there.
Sure enough in Ikea’s yearly catalog they had a whole section on how to avoid wasting food. The TILLSLUTA line is their line of dry food jars that they recommend to use with their pantry system. Fortunately for people that don’t have an Ikea kitchen, this system can work with any kitchen.
Then I went to Ikea to purchase the amount of TILLSUTA dry food jars I suspected I needed based on the size of my drawer. I believe I spent around $80 in 14 containers of different sizes, so they are kind of spendy. On the other hand, buying four $6 bags of chia seeds adds up quickly.
I also bought clear tupperwares so I could finally see what leftovers I had in my fridge. I cleaned my fridge completely and got rid of my old tupperwares that were not clear. I opted for Ikea’s PRUTA. 17 tupperwares for $4.99 sounded like a deal to me. Since the tupperwares I was using were not clear, I kept forgetting what was in them, or that they were even there! I have been using this clear tupperwares for about a month now. Since then no leftovers have spoiled on me! The experts were right, if you see it you eat it.
Here are some pictures of my pantry before and after the new system.
For my kids food pouches I got one of their containers that attaches to the side of the drawer. This ones unfortunately only work for Ikea drawers.
In one of the boxes I added smaller plastic bags because had smaller quantities and I didn’t want to have that many dry jars for such little amounts. But I am able to see what is in that box.
With the TILLSUTA dry jars I was able to also use my pantry drawers to the max. I not only used the width and length of the drawer, but also its height.
I love my P-touch, I use it for most drawer organization. You can go even further by labeling each box, but I decided against it. I sometimes buy something different and I didn’t want to complicate things by adding labels.
This is also an easy way to know if you are running out of anything and needs to be replenished.
How did you choose to organize your pantry?
by Rose Elder
I am not someone who splurges in many things. I actually don’t like to spend too much money really. I always think a purchase through. Do I really need it? Will I still need this a month from now? Is it worth the money?
But one thing I won’t hesitate too much spending money on is my hair. I have gone to my amazing hair stylist Enjolie Levy at Revive Salon and Spa for 7 years now. You know how hard it is to find the right hair stylist, so you know what I mean. I trust her completely with my hair color and cut. She will never try to up-sell me on anything, but when I ask for a hair product recommendation, she is always on point.
Here are her favorite must-haves:
Deva No-Poo Decadence and Deva One Condition. I have used this as my shampoo and conditioner for about three years now. My hair is curly, so it tends to dry easier than straight hair. Deva is the only hair cleanser that works for me. It is made with chufa milk and quinoa protein. Definitely a must-have!
If you are on the go or simply you don’t like to wash your hair every day she recommends using L’Oreal fresh dust dry shampoo.
Unite 7 seconds Glossing Spray is also a must-have if you use heat on your hair daily. This product protects your hair before using a curling iron or a flat iron. It also helps with frizz and smooths your hair.
Enjolie recommends L’Oreal Lumi Controle to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy. It works great for bangs as well.
Finally Unite U Oil. She recommended this product to me and I have used it the last couple of years. You can use it before you blow dry your hair and after. It is not an oily and sticky product, on the contrary, it is silky and light. Keeps my curls shiny and bouncy.
What are your hair product must-haves?