It’s Officially Oktoberfest Where We #PartyLikeAGerman @PhoenixClubCA

Ready, Set, OktoberfestThe time has come, the wait is over! It’s finally Oktoberfest time!

Out of all the Oktoberfests in Southern California, the Phoenix Club has the most established, biggest, most family-friendly, AND most authentic one. Awesome, so let’s go there! Last weekend was opening weekend, and the Opening Ceremony was on Sunday.

Oktoberfest will keep running every weekend, Friday through Sunday, throughout October 27, so there are plenty of weekends to go and have fun. If you need a reminder how to dress properly, check it out here. And if you want to stay up-to-date on all the Oktoberfest happenings, specials, and tips, like the Phoenix Club’s Facebook page.

And here are some pictures from Sunday. Happy Oktoberfesting, everyone! Continue reading

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Coolest Find At Costco: A Very Special Backpack For Back To School

Angry Birds BackpackA day too late for Wordless Wednesday, so I’ll add just some words. šŸ™‚ Christopher had 2 backpacks this last school school year. On both of them, the bottom tore out. So for the remainder of summer, we needed an interim backpack. As we went to Costco last week to buy food, I saw those cuties. Continue reading

A Perfect Date Night For All Ages: Movies By The Beach

Movies By The Beach, Long Beach, CAWhen the sun goes down in Long Beach, beach life starts! At least during certain nights of the week. It’s the summer, so date night can be ANY night. Isn’t summer awesome? Tonight was Christopher’s and my date night. Every so often, my son gets to experience what a date is supposed to be. (Cheap, fun and innocent. That’s right!) So he gets to take his mommy out. He doesn’t have to pay yet. šŸ˜‰ But tonight, no one had to pay, because movies by the beach are free! Continue reading

How To Teach Your Child To Be Charitable (Part 2)

Goodwill DonatingIn part one of this series, I talked about how I am teaching Christopher to practically help others less fortunate by donating to Goodwill. Today, we had our second installment of this process. Instead of purchasing something from Goodwill, we actually donated the clothing we had sifted through a while back.

Today wasn’t so painful for Christopher because he didn’t have to try on clothes for two hours, he “just” had to take them to the donation center. On our way to Goodwill, I asked Christopher if he remembered why we’re donating to Goodwill. Given that it’s been over a month since we had last been there to purchase something to support Goodwill’s cause, it’s understandable that he couldn’t remember. Continue reading

A Family Night Out in Long Beach

There are so many things to do with your family in Long Beach. There are so many parks, playgrounds, and beaches if you’re looking for free. Check out 100 Days of Summer going on right now. If you have some money to spend, think of Naples with its picturesque canals; take a ride in a gondola or rent a boat to cruise around and feel like you’re actually in Naples, Italy. And if you feel like being a tourist, there’s always the Queen Mary. A favorite always is of course The Pike, right downtown by the waterfront. It is so beautiful there with so many entertainment options, it’s always one of Christopher’s and my top choices when we think of what we want to do.

The Waterfront in Long Beach, The Pike Continue reading

Discover A Hidden Treasure: Mother’s Beach in Naples (Long Beach)

Mother's Beach Day

When it’s a beautiful Saturday with no cloud in the sky and you live by the beach, it’s a no-brainer as to what to do for the day. A day at the beach! We live in Long Beach, so going to the actual beach isn’t terribly exciting… no waves and mainly dirty water. However, there’s a hidden treasure tucked away in beautiful Naples: Mother’s Beach. I’m telling you: It’s called Mother’s Beach because it’s any mother’s dream: Relax while the kids are happily occupied – and it’s all free! Continue reading

How To Teach Your Child To Be Charitable (Part 1)

Learning About CharityChristopher has a really good sense of compassion. He always wants to help those he thinks need help, but so far, dad and dad’s side of the family have taught him that this help comes in the form of simply giving money. This seems to resonate with Christopher since he is quite money-focused (I quietly think he’ll be some sort of entrepreneur and make us all rich). He frequently opens his piggy bank to count how much he’s saved already, what he could buy with it, and actually, how much he could give to the poor with it. He even wanted to give his college savings to a poor child in Africa. (That’s when the necessity of teaching how to save became very apparent) He is currently completely wrapped up in making sense of money; so using money as charity makes sense to him. So I decided that it’s time to learn there’s other, and simpler, ways of helping those who need help. Continue reading