SusieCakes Opening in La Costa 3/21

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SusieCakes is finally coming to San Diego, they are opening their first ever San Diego location in Carlsbad on March 21st. SusieCakes is an all-American, homestyle bakery specializing in you guessed it cakes! The cakes are all made from scratch with a one-of-a-kind taste without any artificial preservatives and flavors found at most grocery store bakeries. All of the recipes are straight from Susie’s grandmothers original 3×5 recipe cards, and believe me you can taste the difference.

Luscious Lemon Cake

Susies Cakes

We were lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the new store and all of the amazing treats yesterday. Some of the favorites are of course Susie’s Famous Southern Red Velvet, Carrot Cake and my personal favorite the Tropical Coconut Cake. The Coconut cake is a vanilla cake with layers of pineapple accented with coconut filling, and topped with fluffy coconut buttercream and shredded coconut, there are no words for how delicious it was. My mothers favorite cake was the Luscious Lemon, with layers of vanilla cake filled with smooth and tart lemon curd, topped with vanilla buttercream, it was perfection. The lemon cake was a little much for me (although I’m not a lemon fan to begin with) because chemo has killed some of her taste buds I was so happy to find something she really enjoyed. I’m pretty sure I know which cake I will get her for her birthday! For the full menu of specialty layer cakes, cupcakes, pies, puddings, cheesecakes, cookies, bars and custom layer cakes click here.

Sweetheart Cookies – Two sugar cookies sandwiched together with rich buttercream

Sweetheart Cookies

This Saturday is the grand opening of SusieCakes in the La Costa Town Square shopping center, located at 7610 Via Campaniele in Carlsbad, CA. The opening celebration will include complimentary desserts, face painting, balloon artists, and kids coloring contest from 1 p.m. to 4 .m. A big reason you will not want to miss this is you could win FREE CAKE FOR A YEAR, yes people, I said a year! This is not some ordinary cake either, it is quite possibly the richest, most mouth-watering cake you will ever have.

Whoopie Pie, Susies Signature Frosting-Filled Cupcake, & Chocolate Chip Cookie all can be customized

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If you are unable to make the opening day celebration not to worry SusieCakes has you covered. For the first month of the store opening there will be weekly specials you will not want to miss. On Mondays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. is Cupcake Happy Hour, where if you purchase one cupcake you get another for free. On Wednesdays children 10 and under will receive a free mini cupcake with any purchase. Last but I promise not least on Fridays you can Celebrate Your Sweetie with a buy one slice of cake get another free from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Nicole Hughes Founder SoCalSavvy Mom & Susie Sairch Founder SusieCakes

Nic and Susie

Don’t forget to stop by SusieCakes this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for some great family fun, or stop in anytime at the new Carlsbad location in the La Costa Town Square. #SusieCakes

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Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe

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Rancho Valencia is a beautiful resort set on 45 acres of gardens and olive groves, in Rancho Santa Fe, a 20-minute drive north of San Diego. A few years ago the property underwent a 45 million dollar renovation, and there is not one stone that when unturned. Most recently Rancho Valencia was voted #1 resort in the U.S. by U.S. News & World hotel rankings. It is no surprise as everything at Rancho Valencia is 5 star down to the heated toilet seats, and all is perfection. The resort features a spa, fitness center with exercise classes, sports facilities (including tennis, croquet and bocce ball), 2 heated pools and hot tubs (1 adults-only), 2 restaurants and a wine bar, plus complimentary use of luxury cars.

Rancho Valencia PatioRancho Valencia really does stand apart from most 5-star hotels, you will find everything has been perfected. There are no resort fees, no parking fees, complimentary WiFi, and waiting for you in your room are delicious snacks and drinks to enjoy during your stay at no extra charge. In the morning any newspaper you would like will be delivered to your door along with fresh squeezed orange juice. Enjoy coffee on the private patio, while reading the newspaper.

Rancho Valenica Fireplace

Suites feature flat-screen TVs, stereo systems and private patios, plus high-thread-count linens, espresso machines, designer toiletries and 24-hour in-room dining. My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Rancho Valencia during this trip. The resort knowing it was a special anniversary celebration for us, had a bottle of wine and an artisan cheese plate with dried fruits and nuts upon arrival.

Rancho Valencia Hot Tub

After we were settled in, we hopped down to the Pony Room for a drink by the outdoor fireplaces while watching the sunset. For dinner we decided to opt for in-room dining and we ate out on the private patio. The patio hosts an outdoor fireplace, and a two person hot tub, perfect for a romantic getaway.

Rancho Valencia

After dinner we took a stroll around the property and found the beautiful brick lined Wine Room. The room is perfect for an intimate birthday dinner or just nice dinner for a small group of friends. The wine cave has over 250 of some of the finest bottles of wine I have ever seen, the sommelier has to be one of the best in San Diego. With wines from France, Italy, Turkey, Mexico, South Africa and of course California you will be able to find a perfect wine for the occasion.

IMG_1651For breakfast we went to Veladora, one of the two restaurants on property. Veladora is beautiful and refined without being over the top, although can you really have too much luxury? We enjoyed latte’s and fresh pressed slow juices, as well as the famous fresh squeezed orange juice. My husband ordered the crab Benedict with vine ripe tomatoes, grilled asparagus, country bread with a chipotle hollandaise. I ordered the California breakfast panini with free range eggs, smoked bacon, avocado, white cheddar and herb roasted potatoes, it was divine! The only problem with breakfast is we couldn’t finish it all, but they were nice enough to box it up for us and had it waiting for us to pick up after we dined.

Rancho Valencia Bedroom

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is offering an exclusive offer right now of 15% off room rates. During the summer and during Del Mar Race season the resort will be booked solid, don’t wait make a reservation to visit this beautiful resort now!

 

Accommodations, meals, and spa treatments were complimentary, all thoughts and opinions are my own. See full disclosure policy for more information.

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Easy, DIY, Marshmallow Easter Treats

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Sprinkles Treat 1

We had so much fun making these marshmallow treats last night. Not only are they very easy to make, it is a blast making them!

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We used white chocolate chips and melted them in the microwave at 30 second increments until it was melted. I added a tbsp of vegetable oil to make it easier to work with, my son wanted to add food dye. The colors he chose didn’t turn out so pretty, I would recommend just sticking with the white melted chocolate and not adding color.

After putting the marshmallows on sticks, pretty self explanatory there, we dipped them into the melted chocolate. Right after dipping in the chocolate we dipped in the sprinkles. We tried different color sprinkles but because it needs to be fully covered for the finished look none turned out that great.

Sprinkles Treat

After dipping into the chocolate and the sprinkles, set on wax paper to dry for about ten to fifteen minutes. Be careful with the finished product because the sprinkles like to fall off.

Sprinkles Treat 2

After the treats have set, and are firm to the touch, wrap in any decorative wrap you may have. I found this really cute duck paper at Michael’s for $0.25 a roll a few years back and was able to grab a few rolls of it. Always check Michael’s clearance area, I believe I found it in the middle of summer.

Sprinkle Treat with wrapper

The perfect finishing touch, put in a basket and add a little rubber ducky to pull it all together. I plan on taking these to my mom’s chemo nurses tomorrow, they loved the Valentine’s Oreo treats so much, I hope they like these too!

Sprinkle Treat in basket

Easter Egg Nests – Fun Treat Ideas

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It is a cloudy day here in SoCal today, so I figured what better to do than make treats!  I am hosting Easter brunch for my family and friends on Easter Sunday and I wanted to try out a few recipes and I thought I would share.  I love-making Easter Egg Nests, not only are they adorable but they are ridiculously delicious as well.  Items needed to make these are marshmallows, butter, vanilla, and dry chow mein noodles, and small candies for the eggs.

  • 4 Cups Dry Chow Mein Noodles
  • 3 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • Candy Eggs, Mini Robin’s Eggs, M & M’s, or Jelly Beans

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Over low heat, melt the marshmallows and butter in a large saucepan, once melted stir in the vanilla.  Pour the noodles into a large bowl.  Pour the marshmallow and butter mixture over the noodles, stir until well coated.  Rub some butter on your hands, this is important as it will all stick to your hands and not together.  Then take the noodle mixture and form it into small round bowls in-between the size of a golf ball and tennis ball.  Place the balls on the cookie sheet, with the back of a spoon, press the center of each ball to make a hollow indentation.  Next let the nests set until they are hard and then fill each nest with candy eggs.

Regal Summer Movie Express Starting June 23

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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. The start date of June 23rd will be at the following theaters:

Aliso Viejo, Costa Mesa, Dublin, Eastvale, El Cajon (Regal), El Cajon (Edwards), Foothill Ranch, La Habra, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, San Diego, San Marcos, and South Gate. 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.

All movies start at 10AM and are rated PG

Week Dates Movies
Week 1 Tue June 23 & Wed June 24 Nut Job
Annie
Week 2 Tue June 30 & Wed July 1 Earth to Echo
Boxtrolls
Week 3 Tue July 7 & Wed July 8 Paddington
Turbo
Week 4 Tue July 14 & Wed July 15 Rio 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Week 5 Tue July 21 & Wed July 22 Mr. Peabody
Book of Life
Week 6 Tue July 28 & Wed July 29 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar
Week 7 Tue August 4 & Wed August 5 Lego
Dolphin Tale 2
Week 8 Tue August 11 & Wed August 12 Muppets, Most Wanted
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Week 9 Tue August 18 & Wed August 19 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
SpongeBob

 

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.

Easter Egg Hunts on March 28 & 29, 2015

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Campo - The Bunny Trains and associated events run on Saturday, March 28Sunday, March 29, and Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 AM and 2:30 PM.  Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the links above or in person the day of the event at the Campo Depot.  Advance reservations are required for this event.

Clairemont – Spring Egg Hunt at the South Clairemont recreation center, on 3/28/15 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, egg hunts begin at 9:30 a.m. and are divided by age group. Enjoy jumpers, arts & crafts, popcorn and punch, for more information click here. (see page 11)

Ocean Beach - Spring Egg Hunt is on March 28th at Robb Field Athletic Area (see page 12)

San Elijo Hills – The BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30am and run until 11:30 am on 3/28/15. They will have the Egg Hunt at 10:00 am sharp! Please do not be late if you plan on participating.

San Diego – Allied Garden Spring Egg Hunt held on 3/28/15 from 11:00 a.m. to  2:00 p.m. There will be crafts, jumpers, fun for the kids and food available for purchase. The egg hunt times are set by age, at 11:30 a.m. 2 years and younger, at 12:30 p.m. 3 & 4 year olds, children 5 to 7 at 1:00 p.m., and 8 years and older at 1:30 p.m. City of San Diego’s website here.

South Bay –  Spring Egg Hunt will have arts & crafts, raffles, games and prizes. Egg hunt will be dived into age groups. Don’t forget to bring a basket. Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Valley Center – Easter Egg Hunt at Bates Nut Farm will have Easter fun for the whole family! Crafts, games, farm animals, raffles and more! The day starts at 9:30, and the Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10:30. Pony rides will be available for a small charge from 9:30 – 12:00. The Easter Bunny will be on hand for pictures throughout the day.

Vista – The Easter Egg Hunt and Pancake breakfast  will be on Sunday, March 29th. Tickets for the event are only $5, for $5 you will receive the delicious pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon as well as the Easter Egg Hunt for the kids. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 10 a.m. with over 10,000 eggs~! The event is for children 11 years old and younger, don’t forget to bring your baskets or a bag with you. The Vista Optimist Club is located at 600 Optimist Way, Vista, CA, more information may be found on their website here.

Easter Egg Hunt

 

Kids Day at the Carlsbad Flower Fields

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Join SoCal Savvy Mom at the Carlsbad Flower Fields for Kid’s Day! It is a day full of fun activities for kids, including arts and crafts, face painting and Ronald McDonald! There also is a Sweet Pea Maze, Santa’s Playground and live music.

In addition, Star Theatre Company’s Academy Show Choirs will perform live. They will feature some of the most popular songs of the year. You won’t be able to keep from clapping to Pharrell Williams “Happy”, Frozen’s “Love is an Open Door and “What Does the Fox Say?”

Flower Fields Carlsbad

The above picture is from a few years ago my son, niece and some friends children on the wagon ride, which is an additional charge but it is very worth it, the kids loved it. There are more fun things for kids to enjoy like the Sweet Pea Maze, which my mother-in-law and I got lost in but my son found his way out within a minute. Don’t miss out on the fun Kids Day on March 29th, 2015. The Kid’s Day at The Flower Fields is a day full of fun activities for kids, including arts and crafts, face painting and Ronald McDonald, Santa’s Playground and live music. Don’t miss this great day full of fun for kids!

More information on kids day may be found by clicking here.

Flower Fields

 

Spring Break at Get Air – Special offer

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Spring break is fun for about two hours, then all I hear is “I’m bored, what can I do?”  Or if they are not bored they are fighting with their brother or sister, sound familiar? If your kids are flipping out at home we have the perfect solution. Let them flip out at Get Air Trampoline Park! My niece had her birthday party at Get Air and it was a blast, my son is already planning his birthday party there… in July!

Today we have a special offer from our friends at North County Deals, for $12 you will receive two-hours of jump time, which is a 50% discount. If you visit between Monday – Thursday it is $12, Friday through Sunday it is $15. Get Air Vista offers dodge ball, foam pits, tightrope walking, dunking, ninja course and more. For more information visit their website here.

Click here to sign up and if you buy this great local deal don’t forget to select (Your Kids School) and North County Deals will donate $1.00 back to the school for every deal purchased. 

Click here to see my crazy kid jumping into the foam pits at Get Air

  • No cash back
  • Cannot be used with any other offers
  • Expires 7/1/15
  • All jumpers must sign a waiver
  • $24 value good Monday – Thursday, excluding holidays
  • $25 value good Friday – Sunday and holidays

 

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Summer Movie Express starting June 16, 2015

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Earth to Echo

The Regal Summer Movie Express has just released 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, regardless of age. All of the movies begin at 10 A.M. 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 date, see below.

The theaters for the 2015 Summer Movie Express that begin on June 16th are below:

Davis, Escondido, Fresno (Edwards), Fresno (Regal), Indio, Long Beach, Rancho Mirage, Riverside, Sacramento (Regal), Sacramento (UA Arden), Sacramento (UA Laguna), Santa Maria, Ukiah.

Week 1 Tue June 16 & Wed June 17 Nut Job
Annie
Week 2 Tue June 23 & Wed June 24 Earth to Echo
Boxtrolls
Week 3 Tue June 30 & Wed July 1 Paddington
Turbo
Week 4 Tue July 7 & Wed July 8 Rio 2
How To Train Your Dragon 2
Week 5 Tue July 14 & Wed July 15 Mr. Peabody
Book of Life
Week 6 Tue July 21 & Wed July 22 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar
Week 7 Tue July 28 & Wed July 29 Lego
Dolphin Tale 2
Week 8 Tue August 4 & Wed August 5 Muppets, Most Wanted
Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Week 9 Tue August 11 & Wed August 12 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
SpongeBob

 

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.

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San Diego 2015 Easter Egg Hunts

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Campo - Bunny Train at Pacific Southwest Railway (reservations required)

Carlsbad – EGGstravaganza Spring Festival at Poinsettia Park

Clairemont – Spring Egg Hunts at 4 rec centers, North & South & Tecolote and Cadman Rec Center (page 11)

Del Mar – Spring Eggstravaganza at San Dieguito Park (page 12)

Encinitas – Annual Spring Egg Hunt at the Encinitas Community Park

Ocean Beach - Spring Egg Hunt at Robb Field Athletic Area (page 12)

Oceanside – Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Buddy Todd Park

Ramona – Annual Egg Hunt at Dos Picos Park (see page 5)

San Elijo Hills – BunnyPalozza will be on March 28th this year

San Elijo Lagoon – Spring EGG-UCATION

San Marcos – Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt at Walnut Grove Park

San Diego – Annual Spring Egg Hunt at Allied Gardens

South Bay – Spring Egg Hunt at Robert Egger, Sr. South Bay Rec Center

Solona Beach – Children’s Spring Festival and Egg Hunt at La Colonia Park

Valley Center – Easter Egg Hunt at Bates Nut Farm

Vista – Easter Egg Hunt & Pancake Breakfast at the Vista Optimist Club

 

Carlsbad Egg Hunt

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