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LEGOLAND Holidays

Posted on: December 16th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

The weather might not feel like winter, but the holidays are here!  LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad is getting into the celebration too!  While the celebration began in November, children and their families can enjoy the holiday festivities now through January 1st! Here are some of the things you do not want to miss!

Fun Town is where you will see most of the holiday decorations. LEGOLAND boasts the world’s largest LEGO Christmas Tree! It stans 30 feet tall and is constructed of more than 245,000 forest green DUPLO bricks.  The tree is covered with more than 400 LEGO ornaments and thousands of LED lights! You can also take a photo with life sized LEGO santa with his reindeer. There is also a special holiday show featuring elves and carols.  Make sure to enjoy a special holiday themed snack as you stroll through and enjoy all the holidays have to offer in Fun Town.

Heartlake City has even more wintery fun!  Kids can enjoy a holiday themed show and join in building activities in the Heartlake city stables.  A traveling live band fills the land with music fit for the season.  Character meet and greats include LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier.  Special treats are available in Heartlake City too!

New this year – LEGOLAND is also offering exclusive retail deals for shoppers looking for the perfect LEGO gift. See their site for more details.

No trip to LEGOLAND is ever complete without a stop at the aquarium and hotel! SEA LIFE® aquarium and LEGOLAND® Hotel. SEA LIFE aquarium has a special holiday themed daily dive show and winter craft activities. LEGOLAND Hotel has also gotten in the holiday spirit with festive decorations, holiday entertainment and its own LEGO Christmas tree. Kids will also enjoy special holiday themed games and story time at the castle, plus building contests themed for the festivities.

One of the best holiday traditions for young families is the grand finale of the holiday season at LEGOLAND.  Midnight comes early with a special LEGO brick dropping to ring in 2018.  There are exciting fireworks and special musical performances.  The brick drop happens at 6pm so even the youngest kids can enjoy the end of the year celebration and not miss bedtime.

Thank you to LEGOLAND California for having us as official LEGOLAND Bloggers and letting us share with our readers. Thank you for the tickets and the magical day! Photos are by LEGOLAND and used with permission.

 

Things to do in San Diego in December!

Posted on: December 1st, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

Christmas eve

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is weeks away and kids everywhere are counting down. It is the perfect time to enjoy family fun without breaking the bank. Enjoy this list of wallet friendly activities in San Diego.

 

Balboa Park

 

December Nights

 

FREE

Dec.1st and Dec.2nd

 

Enjoy the light display, dancers, choirs, bands, food and other attractions. Check the link below for hours of operation.

https://www.balboapark.org/december-nights
San Diego

Global Winter Wonderland

$22/per adult

Dec.1-3, 8-10, 15-27, 29-31

 

This is definitely a pricier option but if you were planning on going, you can check the link below, they do have coupons on the site. I also have a Groupon link if you want to check that out for any specials! This features incredible illuminated landscapes, a full carnival and international cuisine.

http://www.globalwonderland.com/public/san-diego/about/index.cfm

 

Coronado

Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting

FREE

Dec.1st 6pm

http://www.coronadochamber.com/holiday-parade.html

 

San Diego Bay

Parade of Lights

Dec.10 & 17

5pm

Free

Approximately 80 decorated boats will take part in this parade of lights set to the theme of “Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas”.

 

 Poway

Christmas in the Park

FREE

Dec.9th 3:30-8:30pm

Fun event with caroling, holiday treats, horse drawn hay rides, music and craft boutique.

https://poway.org/890/Christmas-in-the-Park

 

Ocean Beach

Holiday Parade

FREE

Dec.2nd 5:05pm

The 38th annual parade is set to the theme of “California Dreamin’ in the Season of Love”

http://www.kpbs.org/events/2017/dec/02/38th-annual-ob-holiday-parade/?et=84190

La Jolla

Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival

FREE

Dec.3rd

1:30pm

The theme is “Christmas Jewels”

http://www.ljparade.com/

Michelle was born and raised in North San Diego County. She began her career in the real estate industry in 1999 and in 2005, she launched her own full-service real estate brokerage, Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management at www.HarveyHomes.com . Her business is based out of North San Diego County, but she also works in San Diego and on occasion, Riverside County. Michelle is able to offer incredible deals to her home sellers because she operates a virtual office and you work directly with her, the Broker/owner. Home buyers are also able to benefit from the knowledge gained in her 18+ year career. Michelle opened a second business, Harvey Homes Designs, this year. She hand paints real estate sign riders and other custom wood signs, pillow covers and bunting banners at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HarveyHomesDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu . Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarveyHomesDesigns. In addition to running a successful full time business and second part time business, she is a proud homeschooler, CSUSM business graduate, wife to her incredible husband, Jason, and is always learning something new from her tenacious 7 year old son, Mason. Michelle enjoys family time, giving back to the community, never ending home projects with her husband, playing piano with her son, new travel adventures, and attempting to be crafty.

Contact info:

760-716-7549 call/text

harveyhomes@hotmail.com

Things to do in North County San Diego in December

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

things-to-doWinter is coming and with our great community and approaching holidays- there are plenty of great things to do in North County. Check out the many great FREE things to do in North County San Diego in December.

12/9 – CARLSBAD | 2nd Annual Cocoa & Christmas Lights Caravan (FREE)

Join us for the 2nd Annual Cocoa & Christmas Lights Caravan! Designed to make this Christmas season a little brighter, we’ll get together for cocoa and cider, have a few fun activities and a raffle. We’ll also take some festive pictures in front of a Christmas tree so make sure to wear your best Holiday gear. Afterward, we’ll then jump in our cars to go to see some of the best homes with Christmas lights and decor. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2i2ONO3

4pm-5pm Hot cocoa, apple cider, fun activities and raffle.

5pm-7pm Christmas Lights Caravan
Windermere Homes & Estates

6965 El Camino Real

Suite 107

Carlsbad, CA 92009

(Von’s shopping center)
Get Directions

 

12/2 – ENCINITAS | San Dieguito Art Guild: Holiday Bazaar (FREE)

The San Dieguito Art Guild presents its seventh-annual Holiday Bazaar. No imported items – you can purchase directly from the artist. Come and participate in the silent auction of artwork donated by the participating artists. Paintings, photography,  jewelry, glass, mosaics, ceramics, cards, prints, and more! Learn more: http://sandieguitoartguild.com/

10am to 4pm
Encinitas Community and Senior Center

1140 Oakcrest Park Drive, Encinitas, CA 92024
Get Directions

 

12/2 – ENCINITAS | Encinitas Holiday Parade (FREE)

An exciting event with thousands of participants on floats and in bands with tens of thousands cheering them on as the 2017 Encinitas Holiday Parade travels down Coast Highway 101. The parade theme is “Celebrating the Arts” in recognition of the thriving art scene in Encinitas. There are nearly 100 expected entries who will go all out with creativity, showcasing floats, performance art, and music.

5pm to 5:30pm Tree-lighting ceremony with a brief appearance by Santa at the Lumberyard (near Starbucks coffee).

5:30pm to 7:30pm Parade

Along S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA 92024

 

12/27 – OCEANSIDE | Sunset Trivia Night (FREE)

Come join the fun on Wednesday evenings for Sunset Trivia. Bring your best and brightest to compete to win at trivia. The top three teams win prizes at the end. There is no cost to play. While you’re here enjoy a craft beer with friends.

Trivia begins at 6pm
Belching Beaver Oceanside

1334 Rocky Point Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
Get Directions

Bio:

Kara Courtney is a San Diego local and REALTOR® with Windermere Homes & Estates, CalBRE#01904490.

Kara loves understanding the needs of home sellers and home buyers and putting a plan in place that will get them what they want while putting the most money in their pocket. As a result, Kara has created a business that meets the needs of sellers and buyers by making sure that they have the valuable information they need, their plans and transaction details happen on time and that they end up with the most net in their pocket.

Selling or buying a home is a big decision. Call Kara today before selling or buying a home in North San Diego County so you can get the best advice and end up with the most net in your pocket.

Call or text: 760-583-2226 | www.TrueNorthAssociates.net

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Birthday Parties at Fleet Science Center

Posted on: November 28th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik No Comments

fleet birthday party

Birthday Parties at Fleet Science Center are perfect for your STEM loving kids!  This unique party choice is in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park. A birthday party at the Fleet is one that your child and their guests will never forget!  With more than 100 exhibits that encourage kids to touch and discover, entertainment is built right in! The Fleet also provides a personal party room and much more! Check out highlights from our recent party at the Fleet!

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What is included?

ADMISSION to the Fleet Science Center with over 100 hands-on exhibits

SCIENCE WORKSHOP for hands-on fun for the whole party

SCAVENGER HUNT throughout the museum

SCIENTIST LAB COAT for each child to wear and take home

PRIVATE DECORATED PARTY ROOM with two party hosts

GOODIE BAGS for all children attending over three years old

science games

Why we loved it!

The Party is 2 hours long – which is just enough time in my opinion!

Guests can enjoy the Fleet after the Party is over!

The Party is held inside the museum and kiddos are totally supervised, no need for parents to stay!

The museum is in the middle of Balboa Park!  While guest’s parents can grab a discounted admission to the Fleet, they can also take a stroll through this beautiful San Diego Landmark child free! Seriously, when was the last time you did that? This is a gift to every parent that takes a child to your kid’s party!

balboa park

I suggest if you book a party to make sure to get down early and plan to stay a little later.  You will not need to set up or clean up, but you will want some extra time!  We strolled through Balboa Park for about an hour before the party and we honestly wished we had gone earlier.  After the party, the boys continued to enjoy the museum for more than an hour.  It was so fun to watch them have a great time with a science themed birthday party!

science partyWhile there are food packages available and even science cupcakes available as an add on, you are allowed to bring your own cake!  My son and his best buddy had a combo birthday party and they LOVED it!  Almost the entire class was able to join them and an epic time was had by all.  They kids participated in a scavenger hunt, did STEM competitions, played some vintage video games, and ate cake…. don’t tell them this, but they also learned some things!  The best part – moms and dads had 0 set up and cleaning – it was the best!

science center party balboa parkBirthday Parties include all of the above for $425 for up to 20 guests (Fleet Science Center members do receive a discount!)

*Additional children are $20 each. Additional adults are $10 each.

Birthday Parties are offered only on Saturday or Sunday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 2 – 4 p.m. Check out more information about Fleet Birthday Parties on their site!  A huge thank you again to Fleet Science Center for hosting our crew!

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Things to do in November in San Diego!

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

Christmas eve

After candy overload, carving pumpkins and costume parties, it is time to switch gears. There are a lot of fall festivals and other fun events to keep the entire family entertained while not burdening your budget, during the month of November. After all, Christmas is just around the corner so saving every penny now counts! Too soon to mention Christmas? Forget I said anything and stay focused on the November fall activities…with a few Christmas activities sprinkled in…in San Diego. Enjoy!

 

Julian

 

Country Christmas Tree Lighting

 

FREE

Nov.25th

 

Festivities start at 2pm in Pioneer Park

 

http://www.visitjulian.com/to-see-do/special-events/country-christmas/

 

Seaport Village

 

Surfin’ Santa Arrival at the annual Waterfront celebration

 

FREE

Nov.25

1-5pm

 

Festivities kick off at 1pm with Santa arriving in a Dragon Boat. Visitors can take free photos with Santa on his giant surfboard and 6 foot wave until 5pm. Cutoff time for the line pictures is 4pm. After his arrival at 1pm, Santa will ride in a red convertible in a parade with stilt walkers, music and holiday cheer. In addition to the parade there will be crafting and live street performances.

 

http://www.seaportvillage.com/events-calendar/surfin-santa-arrival

 

Gaslamp

 

Fallback Festival and Historic Children’s Street Faire

 

FREE

Nov.5th

11am-4pm

 

The whole family can enjoy blacksmithery, pony riding, gold mining, churning butter, dipping candles, FREE food and learning about the Gaslamp’s history.

 

 

El Cajon

 

The Water Conservation Garden Autumn Fest and Plant Sale

 

Nov. 4

10am-3pm

$5 for ages 12+, $3 ages 3-11, Free for members and kids under 2

 

Take the whole family and enjoy kid’s activities, a petting zoo, plant sales, food trucks, craft vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. There will also be a special “ask the designer” landscape consultations (due to the popularity of this feature, reservations are recommended). Register at the link below for fast and easy admission.

Michelle was born and raised in North San Diego County. She began her career in the real estate industry in 1999 and in 2005, she launched her own full-service real estate brokerage, Harvey Homes Real Estate and Property Management at www.HarveyHomes.com . Her business is based out of North San Diego County, but she also works in San Diego and on occasion, Riverside County. Michelle is able to offer incredible deals to her home sellers because she operates a virtual office and you work directly with her, the Broker/owner. Home buyers are also able to benefit from the knowledge gained in her 18+ year career. Michelle opened a second business, Harvey Homes Designs, this year. She hand paints real estate sign riders and other custom wood signs, pillow covers and bunting banners at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HarveyHomesDesigns?ref=hdr_shop_menu . Join the Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HarveyHomesDesigns. In addition to running a successful full time business and second part time business, she is a proud homeschooler, CSUSM business graduate, wife to her incredible husband, Jason, and is always learning something new from her tenacious 7 year old son, Mason. Michelle enjoys family time, giving back to the community, never ending home projects with her husband, playing piano with her son, new travel adventures, and attempting to be crafty.

Contact info:

760-716-7549 call/text

harveyhomes@hotmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/harveyhomesrealestate/ 

harvey homes real estate

 

Awesome High Value Printable Coupons

Posted on: October 9th, 2017 by Kate Hamernik

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Printable coupons are the way to go!  I have curated a few of the best for you to use in your shopping this week.  We have always used coupons on thing we are buying anyway, check out the list and print only what you need. Pair these coupons up with a sale for a double dip (and often times a freebie!) on something you needed anyway!

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