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Dog Day in Del Mar

It was a windy day, but we had fun regardless

Today we decided to get out of the house with the dogs, so we headed to Del Mar dog beach to enjoy the beautiful day. This was our first time at the dog beach in Del Mar and we really enjoyed it.

It is smaller than the dog beach in Coronado, where we usually take the boys, but it is equally as clean and just as much fun.

After the boys ran around and made friends with beagles, great danes, labradors and other wiener dogs, we got back in the car and headed up to Del Mar village for lunch.  We ate on the patio of the dog-friendly Americana Cafe.  More on that in the next post.

Dexter's Deli Bakery Case

After that, we took the boys to Dexter’s Deli so Gary (my oldest dog son) could pick out his birthday cake for his party next month.  They had so many delicious-looking goodies to chose from. While all of the cakes are made for dogs, the owner told me that humans can eat them if they remove the dog bones from the top.  Carrot cake with peanut butter frosting sounds good to me.

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Get Your Groupon

Since most of you are Internet savvy enough to be reading blogs, you likely already know about the Groupon phenomenon.  In fact, you may have even told me about it. 

However, if you are not in the know, you should be. Check it out here.   It offers great savings. 

How It Works

  1. Each day we feature something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. You only get it if enough people join that day… so invite your friends!
  3. Check back the next day for another awesome Groupon!

(Source: Groupon)

Today I got Scott two rounds of golf for $28.  That is a steal.  Happy savings!

Note: I should add, that even if you’re not in San Diego, they likely have one for your city.  You can search on the site.

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Fiesta de los Penasquitos

We moved to the burbs about five months ago.  I was leery about this change, to say the least.  However, since being here I have felt an overwhelming sense of community and have quickly settled in.  Yesterday was the 15th annual Fiesta de los Penasquitos – a family oriented annual street faire for residents of the Rancho Penasquitos community.

This community festival exceeded my expectations.  It was jam-packed and it seemed like every single resident came out to enjoy the fun.  There were carnival rides, ponies, booths with community information, crafts for sale, food and entertainment.  It reminded me a lot of the annual community festival in my hometown – the Conejo Valley Days.

It is nice to have a sense of community in my adopted home town.  I’ve lived in San Diego for 12 years now and this is the first time I have really felt that sense of community involvement – aside from the overall San Diego County pride.

Here is a little more about the event from the website:

Approximately 15,000 people will set foot in Rancho Peñasquitos to attend the annual “Fiesta de los Penasquitos” community festival. The Fiesta de los Penasquitos is a family oriented annual street faire for residents of the Rancho Penasquitos community.

The festival has been an annual event since 1995 and is the largest event of the year for the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council. In keeping with the tradition of past events, all proceeds from the event are returned to the community in the form of individual and organizational grant awards. The 15th Annual Fiesta de los Penasquitos is being held on Sunday, May 2, from 11am to 5pm. The event is FREE to the public and is sponsored by the Rancho Penasquitos Town Council.

This year’s entertainment will feature four unique zones: the “family fun zone”, the “adventure zone”, the “community zone” and the “carnival zone”. With over 150 vendors providing arts & crafts, food, home improvement tips, a rock climbing wall and Fiesta Fun Tent for children of all ages as – there’s truly something for everyone!


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Brunch at Bellefleur

We had some family come to town this past weekend and we wanted to take them out for a special treat on Sunday morning.  What better way to enjoy your company than over a smorgasbord of food?

Before our trip to the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, we went to BelleFleur Restaurant and Winery for brunch.  I’ve never seen such a diverse spread at such a low price.  For $21.95 for adults or $9.95 for children, you are given options beyond what you could imagine.

  • carving stations
  • omelette bars
  • Mexican entrees
  • pastries
  • desserts
  • cheese board
  • fresh seafood
  • pizza
  • entrees – chicken parmesan, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi, fried chicken
  • soups
  • salads
  • taco bar

And so much more …  the list could go on and on.  On top of the great food, brunch comes with free-flowing mimosas or champagne. 

Plus, when you roll out of the restaurant, you literally walk right into the Carlsbad Premium Outlets for shopping.  Almost like an adult Disneyland scenario.   Not bad, if you ask me.


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Head-to-Toe Women’s Expo

Scott (husband) to me: What do you do at this women’s expo?  Talk about periods and learn how to keep your whale tail in your pants?

Me to Scott:  I guess it is possible, but I really don’t think so.  We are going to be shopping, eating, learning about fashion, beauty and cooking … I’m sure there will be chocolate.  Ya, know … girl stuff.

That husband of mine is a real jokester.

San Diego Bargain Mama's VIP Gals

Today my friend Stacey, better known as San Diego Bargain Mama, invited me to a VIP event at the Head-to-Toe Women’s Expo with a bunch of other local ladies.  We were lucky enough to have a private room to chat and meet the founders of the expo and featured speaker Carolyn Gross.  We then got to sit front row at Carolyn’s presentation, and listen to her message about whining or shining … shining is the right choice.

After that all of San Diego Bargain Mama’s gals were let loose – pink-feather boa and tiara clad – to explore all that the expo had to offer.  The name doesn’t lie … the expo has everything a girl could want or need:

My favorite purchase of the day

  • clothes
  • accessories
  • financial planning
  • make-up
  • hair care/wigs
  • vitamins
  • diet programs
  • jewelry
  • cooking utensils/demos
  • food
  • permanent make-up
  • massage/spa services
  • fitness
  • waxing/threading
  • baby stuff
  • photography
  • arts/crafts
  • fashion shows
  • lingerie
  • intimate items
  • party favors
  • home decor
  • and of course … chocolate

Mom and Me Learning About Self Efficacy from Carolyn Gross

It was a great day out, and Stacey was kind enough to let me bring my mom with me since she was visiting from out-of-town.  Mom purchased hair care products, a purse, and some cookies.  She also got a shirt for me … which I would have bought myself if she hadn’t beat me to it.  It is my new favorite shirt.  How can you go wrong with sparkles and leopard print combined, right?

The expo comes to town two times per year and it is also in Pasadena twice a year.  It is a fantastic way to spend the day with the girls.  There really is something for everyone.  And I’m sure if you did want to talk to someone about hiding your whale tale, you could find them there too.

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Chip Bag for the Compost Pile

I recycle and compost, but I am sure there are a lot more things I could be doing to save the environment … like eating Sun Chips.  

You’ve likely seen the commercials for the new Sun Chips bag that is completely biodegradable.  If not, visit this site.

Starting April 22, 2010 – Earth Day – Sun Chips will come in a 100 percent compostable bag that breaks down completely after just 14 weeks in a hot compost bin.

The new SunChip bag’s outer layer is made with polyactic acid (PLA), a compostable, plant-based renewable material. By Earth Day, all North American SunChips bags will feature the compostable packaging, which is expected to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Next time you have to chose between Doritos and Sun Chips, do the earth a favor and go with Sun Chips.


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Running Sale

We have literally run our running shoes into the ground over the past 18 months.  But if you’re a runner, you know that a good pair of running shoes can make a world of difference, and can also cost a pretty penny.

We randomly stumbled upon the Roadrunner Sports spring training clearance sales today.  If you think you might need new shoes in the next six months, hit this sale up.

All of their clearance items are on sale, and they have racks full of shoes that people wore once and returned because they didn’t fit well. 

We were able to get two pairs excellent-quality running shoes for less than $100.  And even though I shopped clearance, I still got pink shoes, so you know they aren’t putting the bottom of the barrel out on clearance. 

The more you buy, the more you save.

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