Summer Events for kids in Carlsbad


Alga Norte Aquatic Center has fun for the whole family this summer with some fun events put on by the City of Carlsbad.  The first is Splash into Summer on June 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. You may enjoy two hours of fun with pool activities, floating obstacles and giant water balls. Also take some time to learn about all of the aquatic programs for the summer and finish the night with a fun movie in the pool.

Float n’ Flick is another great family night on June 27th and on August 22nd from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. You may enjoy a movie under the stars while floating in the warm-water pool. Rings and tubes will be available for purchase.

Splash Bash (aka Parents Night Out) July 25th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Kids can try their hand on one of three floating obstacles, play in the giant water balls, or try their best cannonballs from one of the diving boards. The event is an ideal “babysitter” so us parents can enjoy a night out while kids are entertained.

The cost is $8 per person, children 3 and younger are free with adult. Food and drinks are available for purchase, no outside food or drinks are permitted. For more information see the City of Carlsbad website here.

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The newest must have Stroller & Car seat!


It is finally here, the DOONA, and it has just started shipping in the U.S. and we are the first to let feature it. The Doona is the world’s first infant car seat AND stroller. On my Fox 5 news segment today it was the highlight, actually the news anchor literally ran away with it! The Doona is perfect for any parent, but especially great if you don’t want to buy one more thing, it is a stroller and car seat all in one. Why not buy both at once? It is great if you need to save on space because the stroller closes down to the size of an infant car seat. No more carrying the heavy infant seat everywhere you go, just push two buttons and it is instantly a stroller. It is great for travel, and so easy to use. For more information on the Doona visit, where you will also find a list of retailers. To purchase one visit and to order one today.

  • Doona is the first infant car seat with a complete and fully integrated mobility system
  • No attachments or extra parts necessary to convert from car seat to stroller; Doona opens and closes with the click of a button
  • Meets standards for and is approved as a car seat and stroller and is air travel certified
  • Features side impact and anti-rebound protection and utilizes baby safe materials
  • Eliminates the need to carry around a car seat and frees trunk space (no stroller frame needed)
  • Can be used with infants from 4-35 lbs and up to 32 inches long
  • Available in black, turquoise, grey and red with a full line of coordinating accessories
  • Doona is sold with a base for the car and retails for $499
  • Available at and
  • For additional information visit
  • Doona_Evo_Graphics_US in drawn car

To see the Fox 5 news segment and see it in action click here.





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Celebrating a life lost


To my readers ~ I am sorry I have taken such a huge step back from my blog, I was and still am going through one of the hardest things in my life.

It still feels like a bad dream, I’m going to wake up and be able to go pick my mom up for lunch. Today is one week since my mother passed away. I do not like “she lost her battle with cancer” because she is looking down upon us smiling. We lost her, but she did not lose to the cancer.  She fought cancer hard and long, she was the strongest woman I’ve ever met. Her doctors would often ask me, is she telling the truth or is she really that happy of a person? Most who met my mother would have never known she had cancer, much less stage 4 cancer. I took her to chemo every Tuesday, I took her to chemo about 50 different times since the cancer came back. It was so routine for us, it was just another chemo Tuesday.

My mom and I at the US National Soccer Game July 5, 2013


Today I would be with her at chemo watching a movie, laughing, chatting or just being us. My mom and I did everything together, we used to go to the beach, go hiking but the last year or so we did more movies and lunch because of her energy level. I never cared what we did, I spent every second I could with her. I am beyond thankful that for 35 years I was able to call her my mother, also that my son will always remember his grandma.

My mother and I at my wedding San Diego Bay December 2004

my wedding

My mother Susan always had a smile for anyone, and never said a bad word towards another soul. She was selfless, there were so many “foster kids” my mom allowed at our house growing up. Any one of our friends who was having an issue at home was always welcomed into the Connerley home, and my father was not always happy about it. But my mother wouldn’t hear of it, she wanted not just her children but all children to feel loved. She loved many foster kids over the years otherwise known as my brother and my friends.

My parent’s wedding day St. John’s Church Encinitas April 24, 1971

mom dad wedding


To marry my father she became Catholic, and eventually became more apart of the Catholic church than he was, not any big surprise to any that knew her. I’ve never fought with my mother (teenage years don’t count, right?) her and I were always on the same page when it came to things. I didn’t realize not everyone has a mother like mine. A mother you can call day or night and will be there in a second if you need her. I assumed everyone had the special relationship we shared. But I am beginning to realize just how special our relationship was.

 We all wore her favorite color to the Celebration of my mother’s life May 16, 2015


At her celebration of life we had on Saturday everyone asked how are you? How are you holding up? I said I have my moments. The hardest day yet was yesterday, getting back into my normal life, taking my son to school, going to Costco and making dinner. I normally would have called her on my way home from driving my son to school, just for a quick hi. Then on my way to Costco I would talk to her the whole way, and on the way home I would call her again. Knowing I can’t call her is the hardest, it was my constant and it is no longer there. She is the first on my speed dial, I suppose she always will be, because I can’t bring myself to change it.

Family Vacation September 2014


My friends and family are amazing they really are, and I am so grateful my brothers and their beautiful girlfriends live so close. I would be lost without the support of my husband, friends and my family. But at the end of the day the hardest time is when I am alone. I didn’t realize how often I saw and talked to my mom. She was my go-to for shopping, lunch, movies or anything. Most of my friends work full-time, or are at home with young children. My job was taking my mom to her oncologist, chemo, MRI, and whatever scan she had. It is like I got fired from my job and I can’t even call my mom to complain about it.

My mother and father late 70’s (at least let’s hope it was the 70’s with that mustache)


Just when I think the pain of losing my best friend can’t get worse it does, for my father my heart is actually broken, it hurts. My parents were not high school sweethearts, they were middle school sweethearts, yes that is a thing. They were together for 52 years, and were still very much in love. Having to witness them hearing the cancer had spread to her brain, and she only had 4-6 weeks left to live was… well it was the most horrible moment of my life. Sadly 4-6 weeks would have been a dream come true, she died 4 days later. She was at home surrounded by family, we were all thankful she was not suffering and in pain anymore.

Tower of London April 6, 2015


My mother knew that I loved her, not just by telling her but by my actions. I knew she loved me because even though the cancer had spread to her brain (unaware to us at the time) she still put a smile on her face for our mother – daughter trip to Europe. She died one month to the day after we returned from Paris and London. Thankful, blessed, overjoyed, there truly are no words to describe how lucky I was to be able to experience that trip with my mother before she passed. She was tired and I would often tell her to slow down or lets take a break, but she powered on for me. She wanted me to have this memory, she wanted me to experience everything there was and more in Europe.

Thanksgiving 2013


After her health declined quickly upon our return I wondered if it would have been different had we not gone. What if she had the scan sooner, would it have helped? What if she had upped her steroids? What if this and what if that? I have to stop myself from thinking things like this because there are no what ifs now. There is just the reality that for the rest of my life I will have an empty place in my life, a place no one can fill but her. I am lucky I had the time with her that I did. I am lucky she knew how much I loved her, I am lucky I was able to call her my mom.

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May Summer Movies in the park 2015


Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars with your family. Arrive early to pick out a good seat! Bring blankets or low back chairs to sit on while you enjoy the movies.  Bring a picnic dinner for your family to share as well.

Movies are all rated G or PG, the top movie this summer is Frozen (if you have a little girl this has been the movie for over a year!) Movies like Monsters University, Cars 2, Planes, Rio 2 and Despicable Me 2 are also top favorites this year. Each movie is at a local park all over both the city of San Diego and San Diego County. All movies start at dusk (approx. 15 minutes after sunset). Movies are subject to change. For more information visit the event website here.  See below for the movie/park nearest you:

South Bay 05/16 Frozen
Robert Egger, Sr. – South Bay Community Park
Click Here PG
Old Town 05/16 The Sandlot
Heritage Park – Old Town
Click Here PG
North Park 05/17 Monsters University
Balboa Park /Morley Field
Click Here G

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Fun in San Diego this Weekend


cincodeMayoOT_18Cinco de Mayo @ Old Town – Each year thousands flock to Old Town, San Diego’s oldest, historic neighborhood, to take a step back in time and celebrate! The annual Fiesta Old Town Cinco de Mayo will be celebrating 32 years of tradition packed with activities for ALL AGES! Old town will be transformed into the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration north of the border, filled with mariachis, cervezas, great food, and more! This FREE FAMILY-FRIENDLY festival will take place on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM and Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

The Fiesta will feature four stages with live entertainment, over 40 bands, including vibrant, traditional ballet folklorico performances, lively beer and margarita gardens and of course, Low Rider Lane! Feed your appetite by feasting at over 15 delicious restaurants and tequilerias to enjoy the flavors of the celebration and quench your thirst. How does a specialty margarita sound? Maybe an ice cold cerveza or traditional agua fresco (fresh water), like tamarind, jamaica or horchata!

Street Faire – Carlsbad Village - The Carlsbad Village Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, 2015. Each year, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce hosts the faire in May and November. Now in its 40th year, the free event has grown to be so popular that it not only continually attracts people from all over Southern California, but also from other states. Some visitors even plan their vacations around the bi-annual event.

“The reason so many people return to the faire every year is that they can count on finding quality items to purchase because of the wide variety of vendors,” said Ted Owen, president and chief executive officer of the Carlsbad Chamber. “You name it and it’s for sale at the faire.”

Flagship Cruise @ San Diego Bay – In celebration of a century on San Diego Bay, Flagship Cruises & Events will host a 100th anniversary party on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 2 to 6 p.m. Guests will enjoy food, drinks and fun aboard Flagship’s fleet of luxury yachts, docked along the newly-remodeled embarcadero at 990 North Harbor Drive. The event is free and open to the public. Highlights of the bash include:

  • Live music by acclaimed dance band Sensation and jazz vocalist Celeste Barbier
  • Complimentary appetizers
  • Local craft beer and wine for sample and purchase
  • Local olive oil tastings
  • Professional commemorative photos
  • Photos and memorabilia from Flagship’s 100-year history
  • Kids entertainment including balloon art, games, face painting and a magician
  • Prizes and giveaways


2015 Summer Movie Express


SoCal Savvy Mom Copy-Write Regal Summer Movie Express 2015

Regal movie theaters just announced the list of summer movies for the summer of 2015, the $1 movies will run throughout the summer at select theaters. The movies are all rated PG, and are great for kids of all ages. It is only $1 per person to attend. All of the movies begin at 10 AM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the summer.  Every week there are two different movies playing for you to choose from. The start date for movie theaters vary, Regal has just released which theaters will host the Summer Movie Express and when the start dates will be.

If you become a Regal Crown Club member (free to join) there are great perks and discounts.  A great discount we always take advantage of is $2 popcorn on Tuesday’s for all Regal Crown Club members.

Theater Name  City  Start Date
Edwards Alhambra Renaissance Stadium 14 & IMAX Alhambra June 9, 2015
Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX Aliso Viejo June 23, 2015
Edwards Anaheim Hills 14 Anaheim Hills Check back – N/A
Regal Arroyo Grande Stadium 10 Arroyo Grande Check back – N/A
Regal Auburn Stadium 10 Auburn Check back – N/A
Edwards Bakersfield Stadium 14 Bakersfield Check back – N/A
Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 Brea Check back – N/A
Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 & IMAX Camarillo Check back – N/A
Edwards Cerritos Stadium 10 Cerritos Check back – N/A
Regal Corona Crossings Stadium 18 & RPX Corona June 9, 2015
Edwards Metro Pointe Stadium 12 Costa Mesa June 23, 2015
Regal Davis Stadium 5 Davis June 16, 2015
Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 & IMAX Dublin June 23, 2015
Edwards Eastvale Gateway Stadium 14 Eastvale June 2, 2015
Edwards Rancho San Diego Stadium 15 El Cajon June 23, 2015
Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 18 & IMAX El Cajon June 23, 2015
Regal El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX El Dorado Hills June 9, 2015
Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX Escondido June 16, 2015
Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX Fairfield June 9, 2015
Regal Foothill Towne Center Stadium 22 Foothill Ranch June 23, 2015
Edwards Fresno Stadium 22 & IMAX Fresno June 16, 2015
Regal Manchester Stadium 16 Fresno June 16, 2015
Regal Garden Grove Stadium 16 Garden Grove Check back – N/A
Regal Indio Metro 8 Indio June 16, 2015
Edwards Irvine Spectrum 21 IMAX & RPX Irvine Check back – N/A
Regal Jackson Cinema 4 Jackson June 9, 2015
Regal La Habra Stadium 16 La Habra June 23, 2015
Edwards La Verne Stadium 12 La Verne Check back – N/A
Edwards Long Beach Stadium 26 & IMAX Long Beach June 16, 2015
Regal LA Live Stadium 14 Los Angeles June 23, 2015
UA Regency 7 Merced June 9, 2015
Edwards Kaleidoscope Stadium 10 Mission Viejo June 23, 2015
Regal Modesto Stadium 10 Modesto June 2, 2015
Regal Oceanside Stadium 16 Oceanside June 9, 2015
Edwards Ontario Palace Stadium 22 & IMAX Ontario May 26, 2015
Regal Placerville Stadium 8 Placerville June 9, 2015
Regal Rancho Mirage Stadium 16 Rancho Mirage June 16, 2015
Regal Riverside Plaza Stadium 16 Riverside June 16, 2015
Regal Promenade Stadium 13 Rolling Hills Estates Check back – N/A
UA Olympus Pointe Stadium 12 Roseville June 9, 2015
Regal Natomas Marketplace Stadium 16 Sacramento June 16, 2015
UA Arden Fair 6 Sacramento June 16, 2015
UA Laguna Village 12 Sacramento June 16, 2015
Regal San Bernardino Stadium 14 & RPX San Bernardino May 26, 2015
Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 IMAX & RPX San Diego June 23, 2015
Regal San Jacinto Metro 12 San Jacinto June 9, 2015
Edwards San Marcos Stadium 18 San Marcos June 23, 2015
Edwards Canyon Country Stadium 10 Santa Clarita Check back – N/A
Regal Santa Cruz 9 Santa Cruz Check back – N/A
Edwards Santa Maria 10 Santa Maria June 16, 2015
Regal Simi Valley Civic Center Stadium 16 Simi Valley Check back – N/A
Regal Sonora Stadium 10 Sonora June 9, 2015
Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX South Gate June 23, 2015
Regal Stockton Holiday Cinema 8 Stockton June 2, 2015
Edwards Temecula Stadium 15 & IMAX Temecula June 9, 2015
Regal Turlock Stadium 14 Turlock June 2, 2015
Regal Ukiah Stadium 6 Ukiah June 16, 2015
Regal Visalia Sequoia Mall 12 Visalia June 9, 2015
Edwards West Covina Stadium 18 West Covina June 9, 2015

Click on the city closest to you to see the dates and times in your city.  If you live outside of California please click here for a full list.

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