41 is the new 31


So, something crazy happened last weekend. On the 24th, to be exact.

I had a birthday.

Usually, as is my custom, I find that birthdays suck. Espesh now that I'm...gulp...in my 40's. After days of telling my kids I was turning 38 (again), I knew I had to buck up. Break my Emo tradition of being all, woe is me, I'm old and wrinkly.

I'm 41.  There I said it.

Birthday love: Boifromipanema made me this cake with a rude slogan.

My day started with waking up to discover Michael strung the birthday lights for me.

Then I watched a lovely video by Maya in the Moment, also known as The Love Song Girl. She sang happy birthday to me on her ukelele!

I was feeling the love.

So much so that I didn't mind that my cake read, "You're old. Sorry!" I realized that having a good attitude about growing older and being thankful for my loved ones helped me enjoy my special day.

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes!

Tales of a Font Hoe: 17 Favorite Fonts

I like fonts.

Fonts are my thing.

I'm somewhat of a font hoe. I'm always on the prowl, looking for fonts that I like. Web design blogs. Crafty blogs. DIY blogs. If I see a font I like, I'll hunt it down to the ends of the Earth, until I find it.

Then I'm like, yesssssss.

So you see, I'm sort of obsessed. A huge part of blogging, designing and doing diy posts is I get to play with fonts. Crazy thing is, I've downloaded a bunch of them but some I never even use. But you never know.

I just may need that Little Snorlax.

A perfect occasion will come up and I'll be ready, Little Snorlax on hand. Until then, enjoy a few of my favorite fonts. Just click on the link of your favorite font and you can download from there.

 Yay. *cheerleader leg kick*

You are welcome. ♥


Celebrating Mixed Heritage Week

Mixed Heritage Week We are partnering up with Ruby from Growing Up Blackxican and celebrating Mixed Heritage Week, February 25th through March 1st.

Celebrating diversity is huge thing growing up here in Southern Calfornia. The "melting pot" of cultures has always been something that's distinguished our coast on the map.

My extended family is a bit of a melting pot as well. My Mexican-American family is interwined with Filipino, Italian, Caucasian and African-American. We come in all shades of colors!

I'm so excited because my husband is a beautiful example of what mixed heritage is about. The son of a Mexican-American mother and an African-American father, Michael wears his"Blackxican" title with pride.

He grew up in the pre-dominantly African-American neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles and he remembers how distinctly different his parent's families were. Still, his first language was Spanish.

Michael's mother and father as teenagers.

When our kids were younger, they would often ask, why do my Daddy's uncles have dark skin? and how come their hair looks different from ours? Their aunties (say it like this: unn-tees) had brown-colored skin, too. It was a big shock to their system the year we went to visit for the holidays. The collard greens, ham and peach cobbler was totally different from what they were used to--tamales, posole, and pan dulce.

We recently got to spend time with Michael's family, to celebrate the life of his sweet Grandmother Dorothy, who the family simply called "Mama". Much like my husband's family, she was a was light-skinned, green-eyed African-American woman--Creole, we've been told. This explains why my husband's Dad was the lightest of the family, with a light brown afro and green eyes!
How adorable was my husband as a little boy? And how handsome was his daddy?
Michael and his first cousins, Isaiah and James.

My husband and his Grandmother,  a sweet woman who loved her first grandson very much. 

Our babies may not look mixed at first glance, but they are well aware of their mixed roots because we've taught them where they come from and who we call family. Each distinct culture deserves to be celebrated. What a boring world it would be if we were all the same.

We've taught them there is beauty in every person because God made them that way.

Join us for Mixed Heritage Week by using the #GUBMixedHeritage hashtag via Instagram, twitter, facebook, pinterest and Google+. I'm looking forward to seeing your photos and hearing your stories.

Connect with Growing Up Blackxican on Facebook and on Twitter.


Fangirl Fridays

As promised, another round up of my fangirl moments around the web. But I guess I might as well call it Fangirl Saturdays because when Friday rolls around I'm still knee deep in homeschool stuff, trying to finish our week so we can at least enjoy a couple days off.

But Fangirl Saturdays doesn't have the same ring to it so we'll just keep it rolling, you dig?

You guys know how I feel about cholas. See Fangirl Fridays 2. That said, I fell in love with this painting, titled La Jefita, by the artist Leanne ElRod Rodriguez.

It encapsulates what a chola is.  Her attitude and her steez. I love it.

Of course, Hella Breezy bought it (again, see Fangirl Fridays 2).

ElRod is now selling prints of  "Suavecito", according to her Instagram. I want one.

I've been loving the blog Sweet Life and the scrumptious sounding recipes for a hot minute now. But can I really share why I fangirl Texas girl Vianney and her blog?

Her photos.

Her photos make me want to consume everything she posts, but I really want to swoon into the colors of the food, her arranging of the photos, the lighting. Sigh.


I'm inspired and I hope I can take photos for my blog like this one day.

Ok, so I'm going to share one of my vices.

I'm not proud.

But I can't get enough of Willam's Beatdown on YouTube.

"I'm gonna teach you how to be better, through the faults of others. You're not doing that right....you're not doing that right..."

All I know is, I can't watch Willam Belli's videos while I'm drinking any type of liquid or else it'll get spewed across my laptop. And that's never a good thing. Willam watches videos that get a lot of views and subscribers on youtube and he opens the library. I die laughing every single week.

Thanks, Willam. Even though you have boy parts, my legs will never look as good as yours. This is why I fangirl you, boo.

K, thanks. Bye.

Keep those pearly whites smiling #PiroposTraducidos

One of the funniest things anyone has ever said to me about the relationship I have with my husband Michael was said by his little sister, Angie.  She would observe us together, shake her head and laugh. One day she said, "Every time he looks at you, it's like he wants to eat you up."

Now if that isn't a positive endorsement on the state of our chemistry as a couple, I don't know what is.

It reminds me of one of my favorite piropos (pick-up lines):

Tanta carne y yo sin dientes.

Which means: "All that meat and me with no teeth".

As a plus size woman, that says it all. 

My husband and I go back and forth on this topic.

Back when we used to be coworkers, he used to flirt with me like crazy. He'd compliment my clothing, my hair, the way I smelled. My soft hands.

My teeth.

He always had me smiling and laughing, so he had a great view of my teeth.

Me, ever the tooth-conscious, bad-breath-conscious person I am, always made sure my teeth were white and my breath was fresh.

He denies it, though (the flirting part, not the white teeth part). Deny, deny, deny.

Eighteen years and six kids later, he still denies ever flirting with me first.

Whatever, man.

I know the truth, and so do my teeth (because you're still making me smile, honey!). White teeth and fresh breath are still a huge priority for me, all these years later.

I like Crest Complete because they offers a wide range of toothpastes and gels for a deep clean and fresh flavor and it even contains whitening power (my fave!). Exactly what I need for a freshness that lasts all day, especially when I'm flirting with my husband.


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Favorite Food Collage #modernart4kids

One of my absolutely favorite art projects to do is collage. What exactly is a collage, you may be wondering.



A form of art in which various materials such as photographs and pieces of paper or fabric are arranged and stuck to a backing. 

A composition made in this way.

    I've done many collage projects with Modern Art 4 Kids and one thing I've noticed is that once you release them of the responsibility of drawing something with a pencil, a child's creativity kicks in and before you know it they are cutting out shapes feverishly, truly "drawing with scissors" as the artist Henri Matisse called it.

    My daughters love to draw these intricately detailed sketches of people out shopping or out to lunch. When I saw their carefully drawn hotdog (complete with mustard and relish), I had a light bulb moment.

    Why not make a collage of their favorite food?

    This project is fun, it's visually interesting, colorful and unique. I love to see each child's face light up when they realize they can cut paper into whatever shapes and it makes something entirely new and different.

    And it's amazing what each child comes up with. I'll admit, I had more burgers than I knew what to do with, but in the end, I fell in love with the sundae, the banana split, sushi (this was Xixi's--she even included chopsticks and a bowl of soy sauce!), a t-bone steak (yum) and pizza.

    What you'll need:
    • scrapbooking paper, construction paper, any type of colored and/or patterned paper
    • scissors
    • glue stick (don't use liquid school glue--you'll thank me later)
    • white or black poster board for background
    • lots of imagination and a smile

    As they were cutting up tiny shapes for ice cream sprinkles, bits of fish for the sushi, and the grill marks on the steak, I noticed they all had very focused and peaceful looks on their faces. That's when I know the project was a success.

    High five!

    Make sure you follow my Modern Art 4 Kids board on Pinterest for more project ideas.

    All of the collages above were created by children in grades first through fifth.


    Fangirl Fridays

    ¡Hola! friends. I've got the last of the heart stuff outta my system, just in time for Fangirl Fridays.


    Those hearts were chasing me down the street in my dreams. They had teeth and they clicked just like the keyboard on my Mac.


    Today's first Fangirl Friday pick is Cha Cha Covers. I discovered her on Instagram and I fell in love with her cool nail decals.

    And get this...I don't even paint my nails.

    But I aspire to. I want to be that cute, hipster chick with kewl nails. Frida, Morrissey, Virgin Mary, David Bowie, Selena, and calaveras--swoon. Cha Cha covers, me love you long time.

    Check out Cha Cha Covers on Etsy.

    I've been fangirling Carlos Whittaker and his blog Ragamuffin Soul since Pearmama was just a twinkle in my eye. Carlos blogs about his family, his ministry, his music and his faith. I know Carlos in real life because we used to attend the same church. Now I just fangirl him and his beautiful family all the way in the deep south of Tennessee. Or is it Georgia? I don't know I can't keep up with the Whittakers.

    I love their authenticity and the way they live with eternity in mind. 

    I am a fool for Oh, hello friend. The scrumptious design, the vintage stuff, the diy's and the genuine sweetness that emanates from the gal who runs the blog, Danni.

    They recently opened up a brick and mortar store in Fullerton, CA which I totally plan on visiting. I love to see creative bloggers doing what they love to do and finding their niche.

    It gives me hope that maybe when I figure out what I was meant to do in life...I'll be able to do it.

    I've long been a fan of plus size bloggers. In fact, I credit them for encouraging me to enjoy dressing my plus size body. Because of them, I know the best places to shop, I can see what looks good on a body that looks similar to mine and bottom line, these girls know how to werk.

    I've been fangirling Jay Miranda ever since she ran her blog under the name Fatshionable. What I love about her is she looks just like my bff. She reminds me so much of my bff when she was young that it automatically enamored me to her.

    One big (read:huge) difference between Jay Miranda and my bff is...Jay Miranda buys Agent Provocateur, MuiMui, Valentino, Louboutin, Manolos and Josie Marant. And my bff...does not. She may be way beyond my price point, but I still love Jay!

    Hope you enjoyed today's Fangirl Friday.

    K thanks, bye.


    Hearts + Family = Love | Painted Heart Walkway

    Valentine's Day is almost over. Boo.

    The back story...I found this charming photo on Pinterest that came from the amazing Petit Hotel Hafa in Nayarit, Mexico. I fell in love with that walkway. The turquoise. The hearts. It inspired me to create our own heart walkway in our front porch.

    Sort of like a sweet welcome to those who walk up to our front door.

    I didn't want to share it last year because it still had that freshly painted look. The kind that makes you not want to step on it. After being walked over by six kids (and our seventh, who we finally got to see over the holidays! Yay), it got the lovely patina I wanted.

    Now it's perfect.

    It was simple enough. We used a piece of saltillo tile we had laying around to use as a template. We drew eight squares--seven single hearts to represent our kids and one square for both my husband and I to share. Then I traced a heart in each square with white chalk. After grabbing a few jars of color samples from Lowe's, we got to painting our hearts.

    I made each child paint their own heart. We all took turns painting Mikey's heart. We made sure we finished before Michael got home from work, to surprise him.

    It's an awesome reminder of how much love we've got in our home.

    Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. ♥


    Heart-stamped Scarf for Valentine's Day

    Today on BabyCenter.

    Before I made those cute heart stamps for the chil'rens Valentine's Day cards in my last post, I made a heart-stamped pashmina scarf.

    Potatoes? On pashmina scarves? 

    I know, right?

    Head over to BabyCenter and get a peek at my slideshow.

    K thanks bye.


    Valentine's Day Printable: Love One Another

    I remember Valentine's Day from a young girl's perspective. I took great pains to write out all of my little pink cards emblazoned with hearts in my best penmanship, gathering my candy hearts and Hershey's Kisses. I always saved a special Valentine for the cute boy in my class. I had sweaty palms and flushed cheeks, hoping I would get at least one special Valentine back.

    At home, I would dump the spoils on my bed, excitedly sorting through the cards and the candy.

    This semester my kids attend the learning center at a new charter school. One hundred Valentine's per family is a tall order. Yes, I could easily run to the Dollar Store and grab some random Valentine's Day cards but that wouldn't be any fun, now would it?

    I worked on a new project over the weekend, and I had leftover heart stamps that I didn't want to go to waste.

    So I went kind of stamp crazy. Sue me.
    YES ma'am, that is a potato stamp. More on making potato stamps tomorrow!

    I had my girls cut them out with decorative edge scissors and I hand wrote a special message from the book of John 13:34.

        Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love another.

    That is some good stuff, right?

    Hey guys, I'm feeling all mushy and whatnot so I thought I'd offer my readers their very own Valentine's Day cards for kids (and you!). The hearts are all unique because they are hand-drawn by me.

    For your free Love One Another printable, just go here.

    Remember, it's for personal use only. Please don't sell it to Hallmark or anything like that. That would suck. Well, it would actually be kind of cool but you know what I'm saying.



    Fangirl Fridays | Valentine's Day Edition

    There are so many cute ideas for Valentine's Day floating around the web that you'd really have to be living under a rock if you didn't get the hint and make something special happen on February 14th.

    I mean, really. Get it together, you lazy bum.

    Let's follow the fine examples of these next few bloggers, who give me life on this Fangirl Friday.


    It is no secret that I love me some Crafty Chica! I had my fangirl moment a while back but now I call this inspirational woman my friend and that is so awesome.

    When I saw her latest project, Resin-Coated Candy Jewelry, I fell in love. How freaking cute. Kathy has the best ideas! She is one of the most resourceful women I know, with more creativity in her little toe that most of us will ever know. She can take a simple item and turn it into something amazing.  That is truly a gift, in my humble opinion.

    I know where I'm gonna be on February 15th--snatching up all the boxes of clearance V-day candy!

    I had the chance to meet Nicole from Presley's Pantry last year. When she described her webisodes as "part PeeWee's Playhouse and part H.R Pufnstuf" you know I was hooked.

    Maya and Xixi fangirl Nicole, too. Anyone who will dress up as egg roll is cool people, in their book.

    Check out her latest, where she goes all mad scientist on a bundt pan of Salted Cajeta Chocolate Flan, just in time for Valentine's Day.

    Oh, I've been fangirling Tess Munster for like...ever. She is like a plus-size Lana del Rey-- just more gorgeous and plush.  She's been on this road to self-acceptance and I can totally admire the fact that she's finally in love with her body.

    I love to see young women who finally get it. Life is too short to hate the body God gave you.

    She is rocking this sexy black dress and updo, which would be perf for a Valentine's dinner date.

    Tess started a body positive movement with her hashtag, #effyourbeautystandards. It's now reached over 10,000 photos on Instagram alone! High five, Madame Munster.

    I don't know exactly what it is that drives people insane about Jess Craig from IROCKSOWHAT but I got love for this white girl.

    Her blog is creative and I like her style.

    She shares her day-to-day adventures with her son Wyatt, and she designs some cool stuff.

    What's not to like?

    For all you Chipotle lovers, she's offering a free Burrito Love printable. Which reminds me--I've never eaten a burrito at Chipotle. Gasp.

    I'm a bowl person all the way. Mmmm.

    Happy Fangirl Friday, ya'll.  #fistbump


    V-Day craft: Abstract Heart Tee

    Here is my latest diy project, DIY Valentine's Day: Abstract Heart Tee over at BabyCenter.

    It's a sweet hand-painted tee that I made for Xixi. You could totally adapt it for a baby tee, or an adult-sized tee. With fabric paints, you can pretty much do whatever you want.

    Try not to cake the paint on because it will feel crunchy and crack a little.

    Thermostat Wars: He's Cold and I'm Not

    When we're not fighting over the thermostat, I like to get a few kisses in.
    I'm a big girl and I live in Southern California, so I don't get cold too often.

    I welcome the chilly temps. I embrace the cool, brisk air. I like when it gets "nippy' outside.

    That said, I see little to no reason why we need to turn on the heater. Now, don't get me wrong--I love me a good space heater. And I can't hate on the occasional hot air blasting on your back right as you step out of the shower on a frigid morning (we have hardwood floors too, so it's like walking on ice). But too much of a good thing is just not a good thing.

    Case in point. This morning I woke up with a start, a layer of sweat glistening on my face. I peeked over at the nightstand and it read 4:41. My cheeks were flushed and to be totally honest, I felt a twinge of "the crazy".

    A heater that's been blasting all night will do that to a budget-conscious fat girl.

    I look over at my husband who was snoring peacefully--and he's so handsome when he's asleep--but I had to resist the urge to smother him with my pillow in the name of Jesus. This is what we do, ya'll. It's called Thermostat Wars and as of today, he's winning.

    You see, I grew up in a house where my mother never turned the heater on. It's like a morgue in there. She is in her 60's now and she's finally softened up enough to turn it on every so often. Dealing with a cold house is normal to me. It just means you suit up--sweats, a hoodie, socks and slippers. If you're watching TV, then cuddle with a blanket. It's really not that complicated. Whenever I observe my husband running to put the heater on, he is usually barefoot, in his boxers, or he's coming in from working out in the garage and he's as cold as a popsicle. Well, no wonder you are freezing your nuggets off, you silly man!

    But, I've gotten smarter over the years. More tactical, if you will. If I hear the familiar click of the heater being turned on, I no longer go ape sh!t like I used to. I don't nag. I don't start fights. I don't scold him. I just patiently wait.

    I wait until he's either not paying attention or he drifts off to sleep. Then I run over and turn it off. Sometimes I'll get my kids to do my dirty work. Hey kid, I stage whisper, turn off the heater but don't let your dad see you. When he realizes I've turned it off, he yells at me.

    "Woman! It is freezing in this house!"

    Then he runs over and turns it back on. And then I just wait until it's time to turn it off without him knowing again. It's like a game. A game that I will fight until the bitter end. Interestingly enough, we have this same argument in the summer when I'm ready to blast the air conditioning the second it goes a hair past 90 degrees. The tables get turned.

    But we're not talking about me here. We're talking about my husband's crazy addiction to the heater.

    Waking up in the middle of the night feeling like you're being cooked in an oven is no fun. But then again, neither is sleeping in an igloo.

    And so, the thermostat wars continue.

    Do you and your spouse fight over the thermostat like we do?


    Valentine's Day DIY: Yarn Heart tee

    Every time Valentine's Day rolls around, I like to make something cute for my little ladies to wear. I ran to Target and perused the aisles but nothing really caught my eye, so I decided to make my own heart tee for my daughters to celebrate Valentine's Day.

    Before I go out and spend a bunch of money (that I don't have) on a new project, I always like to utilize what I have on hand. I don't crochet but I have the biggest case of crochet envy you've ever seen...hence the pretty, soft gray yarn I had in my supply closet. Think outside the box and how you can use something in a different way.

    I usually start all of my projects with a question: I wonder what would happen if I do this...

    And then I just go on a craft binge and two hours later, I've made something. It's called getting your creative mojo on. Try it sometime. You'll be amazed at what you come up with.

    For this project, I decided to create a few cool patterns with yarn, in the shape of a heart. That's it. No rocket science here. But it came out so pretty and if you're a tactile person like I am, then you'll love the way it feels under your fingertips.

    I don't like to share my scissors. I'm greedy like that. I hide these little darlings by Fiskars deep in my art bin, so none of the kids can find it. Go out and buy yourself some Liquid Fusion Clear Urethane glue. It dries clear, it's for multi-surface usage and it doesn't smell!

    I slipped a small piece of cardboard inside my cotton tee, just in case the glue bled through the fabric (it didn't). Still, it gives you a firm surface to work on.

    Vary your shapes and patterns--make swirls and circles. A heart within a heart would look cool too. Sometimes I used one long continuous pieces of yarn, in other areas I cut various lengths, depending upon the shape. Make it interesting! You'll end up with something that looks like this.
    Almost looks like a really cool rug, doesn't it?
    Make sure the yarn is laying nice and flat. Use your scissors to cut off any wonky pieces. Add extra glue as needed. Let glue cure at least 24 hours. Dry flat.

    How cute is this tee?

    Maya rocked her yarn heart tee at Disneylandia last week!


    Fangirl Fridays | Disneyland Edition

    Okay, okay. So I'm a little late with Fangirl Friday.

    My bad.

    What happened was...I was at Disneyland yesterday. And today I was recuperating from walking around the park for over twelve hours, since I am obviously a 70 year old granny.

    It's been a while since I've been to the Happiest Place on Earth. Being an annual passholder is definitely a luxury, one that we haven't been able to afford for a few years now. Still, I have so many fond memories of the chil'rens and Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, I was excited to be back.

    I got a sneak peek of Disney's upcoming Fantasy Faire, a magical place for storytelling in the Royal Theater and meeting your favorite Disney princesses, which debuts on March 12 (more posts to come). Afterwards, I got to spend the day with the younger half of my kid crew. Experiencing Disneyland once again made me realize why they are so successful and beloved the world over--they really know how to conjure up a sense of enchantment.

    What a perfect place to do a Fangirl Friday, right?

    I love to see little children dressed up as their favorite Disney character--especially when they luck out and get to meet them in real life. They whip out their autograph book and take pictures, it's so cute. 

    Alladin is one of my favorite Disney films (the Genie is my all-time fave, too). Imagine our excitement to see both Alladin and Princess Jasmine strolling down Adventureland.

    Princess Jasmine is the best princess, according to my little ladies. Not only because she is kind, she is very strong, she stands up for others, she has a cool pet tiger named Raja, she has brown skin like they do and she has the best hair.She was so sweet to them, too. They were so impressed!

    When you walk into New Orleans square and you step into the Pirates of the Caribbean, just the smell of the water conjures up so many family trips that we've taken here over the years, ever since I was a little girl. I remember taking my little brother there when he was just two years old (he's 22 now!). I took Xixi when she was three and she cried into my sweater when she saw Captain Barbosa warning us in a haze of smoke, "Dead men tell no tales."

    When you are on the boat, you truly feel like as if you've been transported to another time and place.

    This is classic Disneyland.

    This was my first time seeing an Alladin show at the Hyperion Theater. Back when we had our annual passes in 2008, we always seemed to miss it. I'm so glad we finally got to see it.

    The kids were mesmerized by all of the singing and dancing, and the amazing props. And the Genie was so funny!

    It was also a typical sunny Southern California day yesterday, too. It was nice to duck out of the bright sunshine and feel like you're in the streets of Agrabah.

    This is the closest we've gotten to seeing a stage production of any kind, and it really gave me the itch to see more like it.

     Ultimate Space Mountain memory: I was around five or six years old and Space Mountain was brand new. My parents coaxed me into the line but once we got far enough to get inside the space center (which took us hours--brand new ride, crazy lines), I was not happy to hear all of those scary sounds and screams.

    "I don't want to get on this ride!" I kept crying over and over. My father was not very happy with me. Being a parent myself, I totally get how he must have been feeling.

    Right before boarding, I threw a diva fit and my Dad couldn't take it anymore--we ducked out of the nearest exit. He was pissed for the rest of the day at me.

    Oh, the great roasted turkey leg.

    I am a fan.

    If you luck out and get one that's been nicely toasted...mmmm, chile. I am always amazed when I see people walking around the park with a turkey leg in their possession all nonchalantly.

    I need to stop and focus all of my concentration on the turkey leg at hand.

    I wrote about the turkey leg a few years back and I just reread it and I was dying laughing. Check it out here. Five years later and it's still relevant. If you've never experienced a Disneyland turkey leg, go get you some. Stat.

    The Hollywood Tower of Terror is one of those rides where I dread getting on but once it's over, I love it. I discovered something--tightening up just makes the ride worse. Letting go and enjoying the ups and downs make the ride so much more fun!

    If that ain't a metaphor for life, I don't know what is.

    My daughter Maya had a mini-tantrum because she was scared (must be hereditary). I wasn't having it though. Oh, you will get on this ride. Buck up, little girl.

    I won't be winning any parenting awards anytime soon. In the end, she admitted it was fun. And the photos were hilarious.

    Early evening is known as the "witching hour" across Disneyland.

    Babies are tired of their strollers and kids are grumpy because they are in the Happiest Place on Earth and they're starting to believe the world really does revolve around them. You can see it on the parent's faces, too.

    This is when margaritas at DCA become a mandatory event. They're cold, frosty and strong. Strong enough to keep me from stomping a mud hole in my child's backside for trying to eat all of my sourdough bread bowl.

    Thank you, Walt. My children also thank you because they live to see another day.

    This was my first time visiting Cars Land and wow, what a sight it was.


    And it wasn't just the margarita talking. The amount of detail put into the landscape of Cars Land is ridiculous. Talk about a fully realized concept.

    Radiator Springs racers was so awesome! I especially loved the body shop with War's "Lowrider" playing in the background and Cheech Marin's voice murmuring, que linda! Being "sprayed" with the paint guns was a nice touch, too.

    I'm stoked we finally got to experience Cars Land--can't wait to go back!

    Yes, my kids drove me crazy but ultimately, it's the happy look on their faces that makes me want to experience these trips with them.

    These are memories they'll hold onto. I mean, these are the best moments of childhood. They are young, full of energy, no cares or worries in the world and they had 100% of my full attention for the entire day.

    I got lots of spontaneous hugs and kisses and "I love you" yesterday.  

    Thanks Disneyland, this is why I'll always fangirl you.

    Disclosure: I received media passes to visit both Disneyland parks. No compensation was received. All opinions, photos and fun memories are 100% my own.
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