Friday, April 17, 2015

When in Bakersfield: You Gotta Eat Here

The first thing I noticed about Bakersfield, is how lovely it was! I guess I had associated the city with country music and expected something other than what awaited me. The drive in from Los Angeles was breath taking.

After a long day of travel, going literally from coast to coast, I was pretty weary. I kept a smile on my face and I made an effort to live in the moment. I wanted to fully enjoy my short time in this new to me place.

Upon arriving to my dinner destination at The Mark, all of my exhaustion fell away. I was greeted by a gracious staff. A Gin Refresher perked me up and prepped me for a completely decadent dinner.

Spinach Artichoke Dip and Fresh Baked Bread gave me a glimpse of what was in store for me. When my Shrimp Alexandria Arrived I was nearly salivating. Served with a superb baked potato and fresh green beans and carrots, this was hands down the best after travel meal I have ever had. 

Reluctantly I left the gorgeous restaurant behind, as I left, the magical voice from the live entertainment carried me away from the scene. It was a dreamy experience. When in Bakersfield, ya need to go here.

Another great little spot in Bakersfield is Mimi's Cafe. I enjoyed an evening nibble with a new friend there. We drank Mimosas {The Triple Berry is fantastic!} and shared the Baked Brie. It was ah-mazing. 
The menu offered tons of tantalizing dishes and looking back I should have ordered something awesome like a burger or something.

Mimi's offers several mimosas!

If you stay at The Hampton Inn, they have a nice {FREE} hot breakfast as well. This was like the best hotel breakfast I have had in a very long time!

They had waffles with whipped cream, cereal, fruit, yogurt, juice, cheese omelets, tons of yummy breads and turkey sausage. Yum. It was a great start to my day!

No compensation was offered to me to write this travel piece. These are my personal experiences!
Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Netflix Series: All Hail King Julien

If you are in the mood for a party, you are in luck! The fun is just beginning!

Nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children's Animated Program, DreamWorks Animation’s Netflix original series All Hail King Julien will begin airing on April 3 with five new episodes! Check out and share the fun with this new clip and character slideshow below!

I have had a chance to check this out, and let me tell you. This show is cute!

Head over to Netflix, sit back, relax and enjoy the show that Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times says "Delivers on all the important accounts… Style, script, timing and performance.”  Maybe even pick up a few new dance moves while you enjoy the wild and crazy antics of the King and meet Timo, Madagascar's resident scientist and newest member of the tribe.

A prickly, sarcastic tenrec (similar to a hedgehog) who conducts experiments and builds things out of the various junk that washes up on shore, Timo is also Julien's go-to "tech guy" -- though as far as Julien is concerned, Timo is a wizard who uses his "science-magic" to fix anything. Timo is voiced by David Krumholtz ( This is the End and TV’s “The Good Wife”).

In these new episodes, King Julien gets everyone hooked on caffeine, tries to automate life on Madagascar (to disastrous effects), embarrasses Maurice, misrepresents the truth and generally brings chaos wherever he goes -- all while managing, unintentionally, to stay one step ahead of an always-imminent uprising.  As always, when his silliness puts his colony in danger, his heart rises to the occasion to save the day.  It's a riot of color ─ and a laugh riot ─ when viewers All Hail King Julien

Do you netflix? Who do you think you would watch All Hail King Julien with?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Groupon Elimates the Summer Snore

I am writing this post on behalf of my pals at Groupon, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

My family has quite a spectacular set up in the summer. My spouse is a school librarian. My kids are home, and my work is super flexible. We are literally FREE to do whatever we like from the beginning of June until the end of August.

What do you think we have done over the past few summers? Yep, a whole lot of nothing. We went on one short staycation-esque trip last year, but other than that... yeah. It is a complete snore around here. We do the same things, day in and and day out. All. Summer. Long. 

I have made a promise to myself that this year will be.. different. I am going to invest in experiences with my family. We are going to make this a summer of memories. We can get out and go as a family and enjoy the thrill of going. {If you like to travel you know the thrill of going!}

I know of a way that you can experience locations near and far, find coupons for Sea World tickets, stores like Target, Walgreens and Starbucks and buy cool stuff at impressive discounts and so much more... repeat after me... 

Groupon. Check out Groupon.

While browsing the deals, I could feel my need to see things, to go somewhere new intensifying. As I excitedly read the deals for all inclusive vacations, posh hotels and even destinations that are practically in my own backyard, I realized, this summer really is going to be fantastic, and I am going to save money in the process. 

I love that I don't have to worry about my purchases on Groupon. They are backed by a Promise that is as good as a pinkie swear from your best friend.

Have you ever bought anything from Groupon? 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Strawberry Fizz Mocktail Recipe

 Spring is near! With warmer weather comes a great opportunity to get together with friends and family and welcome the sunshine, spring flowers and best of all- the end of snow for a few months!

I have a mocktail recipe to share with you from my pals at Owl Brew. This tea based mocktail is perfect for everyone at the party!

Brew: Pink & Black (Darjeeling with a hint of hibiscus)
Booze: Mocktail
1 Part Pink & Black
1 part Sparkling Water
Serve chilled or over ice
Garnish: Fresh Strawberries

What is your favorite mocktail? Tell me all about it in a comment!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

#MyStarWars Weekend Fun for the Force

It seems as if Star Wars is a daily topic of conversation in my house. My self proclaimed geek of a husband and my son find a way to bring Start Wars up regardless of the time, place or season.

My guys are thrilled to find out that now there is even a hashtag for their weekend Star Wars gab fests and tv marathon sessions! #MyStarWars is a fun way to follow along with all of your Weekend War-riors!

With Star Wars: Episodes I-VI now available at your fingertips, you can explore the galaxy in a whole new way! Learn the secrets behind the saga with Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations, as key filmmakers behind the series reveal fascinating new facts and insights behind the creation of the most celebrated franchise of all time.

I have some fun activity sheets to share with you courtesy of my pals

Do you have a Star Wars fan in your house? How excited are you for the December 18th release of Star Wars VII?