Hot Mamas Drop Their Towels At German Mardi Gras #PartyLikeAGerman

German Mardi Gras, Karneval at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim

The German Karneval season has started. And if you haven’t made it to an event yet, you are missing out and should definitely go next time! Last night was the grand costume ball and we all had a blast!

German Mardi Gras? Say what?

German Mardi Gras, called Karneval, is what I call a mix of Oktoberfest and Halloween. You party like Oktoberfest but  you do it dressed up in costumes… but they don’t have to be scary. Karneval is all about being funny and having fun. You will find dance performances, hilarious skits, and Prince and Princess Karneval on stage, and lots of beer and other flowing liquids, dancing, and laughing off stage. Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: Family Day At Oktoberfest #PartyLikeAGerman

Oktoberfest at the Phoenix ClubFriday and Saturday are more the party days at Oktoberfest at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, but Sunday is dedicated to family fun. Free bouncy house, playground and free choo-choo train rides around the grounds (with a real train!). Also available are face painting, pony rides, balloon art, prize shooting, dancing, and a kids program on stage. Always available are classic eats and good ole’ German beer!

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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

Ready, Set, Oktoberfest! How To Dress Right! #PartyLikeAGerman @PhoenixClubCA

Ready, Set, OktoberfestWho is ready for the biggest, most authentic and family-friendly Oktoberfest in all of Southern California? With opening weekend coming up September 13 for Oktoberfest at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, there is no time to waste to get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest in style!

My mom sent us a surprise package, with a new set of “Festkleidung” for the upcoming Oktoberfest. I thought this would be an awesome opportunity to teach you all a few tricks about Oktoberfest wear: The Dirndl and the Lederhosen. Continue reading

Most Wonderful Night At The Harvest Crusade #SoCalHarvest

Anne at Harvest Crusade SoCal

This is what excited Anne looks like! Last weekend, for the 24th time in a row, it was time again for the Harvest Crusade, as part of Harvest America, at the Angels Stadium in Anaheim. And Sunday was MY day, because my favorite band, Third Day, was playing. I was beyond excited since I had never seen them live in concert.

Apart from Third Day and Phil Wickham, Phil from Duck Dynasty was also there and did an interview with Pastor Greg Laurie on stage. The stadium was full of Duck Dynasty fans… which was a little bit crazy, I admit. The night started with a packed house. We arrived 5 minutes after the gates opened, and the stadium was already full.

Harvest Crusade at Angels Stadium

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Long Beach Sea Festival Boasts Incredible Sand Art

Long Beach Sea FestivalWow! This week just flew by, didn’t it? Last weekend was the Annual Sandcastle Competition as part of the Long Beach Sea Festival. I had never attended before, and it was just amazing. A few dozen groups build the most amazing sand castles. A few vendors were there and the beach was abuzz.

There were 2 main categories in which castles were judged: Professional and amateur. Within the professional category, the judges awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. Within the amateur category, there were several prize categories. So may I present, without further ado, the most amazing sand sculptures I’ve ever seen! 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. 😉 But tonight, no one had to pay, because movies by the beach are free! Continue reading

What If The Flag Hadn’t Still Been There?

Happy 4th of July

Only in Long Beach do you get Mimosas out of a Styrofoam cup for brunch. But hey, they made up for the lack of glasses by giving us triple mimosas… and after that, everything seemed a bit better for the moment. The better was certainly enhanced by these roller skating girls, which, I am going to say, you also only find in Long Beach! Continue reading

National Lemonade Days Against Childhood Cancer

National Lemonade DaysFor a few years now, I’ve supported Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). (And it’s actually not the reason why my tag line is “Turning lemons into lemonade” even though it totally fits here!) This organization is so special because it was actually founded by a little girl, Alex (hence the name). Alex was 1 year old in 1997, when she was diagnosed with cancer and she was 4 years old when she decided she wanted to host a lemonade stand to help her doctors help other children with cancer, too. During this first lemonade stand, Alex raised $2000!

A 4 Year Old Who Raised $1 Million
Her stated goal was to raise 1 million dollars. Her mom thought that was a completely insane number, but like a good mom, she let her little child dream. But this little girl was as dedicated to helping other children with cancer as she could be. When Alex passed away at the age of 8, she had raised over 1 million dollars for childhood cancer research with an army of people that helped her hold lemonade stands all over the country. Continue reading

UEFA Champions League Finals At The Phoenix Club (Memorial Day Weekend Day 1)

UEFA Champions League FinalsIf there is ONE thing Germans love, it’s soccer. I am not much of a sports fan, but when it comes to German teams in big soccer matches, I am all in! And for the first time in history, 2 German soccer teams played in the UEFA Champions League Finals, happening at the Wembley Stadium in London. If you don’t know: The best individual teams from around Europe (not the national teams) play each other. Sort of like a Europa Cup, but with city teams. Of course this was too good a game to watch from home. So I joined a few hundred other FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund fans at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim to watch a really good, really nerve-wrecking soccer match. Continue reading