A Creative Moms’ Night Out with Inspire San Diego Studio + Giveaway!

The following is a sponsored post brought to you by Inspire San Diego Studio. All opinions are my own.

You know me; always looking for a fun moms’ night out here in San Diego or an out-of-the-box date night for me and the hubby. That’s why I was excited to learn about Inspire San Diego Studio and their amazing art classes in San Diego and La Mesa.

What makes Inspire San Diego Studio unique, is their focus on the art making process and not so much on the final product. They also love to celebrate individuality, so you create one of a kind art at every workshop (not just the ol’ reliable ‘starry night’ painting at every class). I love their art style and how they’ll customize classes for adults, kids and private parties.

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Adult Art Classes

Inspire San Diego Studio mixes it up every class, so you can pick which piece of art you’d like to paint or even choose a class that will paint calendars, hand-made cards or wine glasses instead of canvas!

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Scheduling a class is super easy – just check their calendar of upcoming classes (click on the images in the calendar to receive more information, pricing and specifics), pick a project, date or time that works for you, purchase your seat and get ready for a fun, creative evening!

Inspire San Diego Studio provides all of the materials, so no need to worry about coming prepared (except with your creative juices flowing, of course). And speaking of juices, many of their classes are held at local, fun restaurants where you can order drinks and food! Check the calendar for different locations!

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Kid Classes

Children’s art workshops are perfect for ages 7+. All materials are provided and parents are welcome to participate at no extra cost to help work on the same project together. Some classes also feature “Mommy and Me” themes, like this adorable Mommy and Me Ballet Dress class.

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Time and pricing varies so make sure to check out the Kids’ Calendar for up-to-date information.

Private Parties

If you’re planning a fun occasion (think birthday party, bachelorette, family reunion, baby shower, etc.) or want to host your own moms’ night in, corporate building event or fundraiser, Inspire San Diego Studio will come to you! For groups between 8-60 people, Inspire SD Studio will lead a fun private class right in the comfort of your own home, work or event space and customize the art project to fit your theme.

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Private parties are $35 per person (travel charges may apply). For more information, check out their website and shoot an email to info@inspiresdstudio.com

Contact:

Inspire San Diego Studio
info@inspiresdstudio.com
619.430.2318
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Special Discount for Mommy Project Readers:

Mommy Project readers, enjoy 10% off any class listed on the calendar when you enter code: MOMMYPROJECT at checkout.  If you’re interested in hosting a private event (8 person minimum), mention “Mommy Project” via phone or email and receive 10% off per person, plus the host gets to paint for free with a party of 10 or more! 

Giveaway

Inspire San Diego Studio is also giving away FOUR gift certificates, each good for one free workshop. Enter to win below and FOUR random winners will be chosen on Friday, July 17, 2015! Good luck!

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Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by Inspire San Diego Studio. All opinions are my own.

Mom’s Night Out in San Diego with Aall In Limo & Party Bus

With a fun holiday like Cinco de Mayo upon us, and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I couldn’t think of a better time to organize a little “Mom’s Night Out” on the town to give me and my mom friends a much needed break and some quality girl time. Cinco de Mayo also happens to be one of my favorite holidays because who doesn’t have fun with chips and salsa, margaritas, and maracas in the mix? Spoiler alert: no one.

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To make this Mom’s Night Out extra special, we decided to rent a limo from Aall In Limo & Party Bus and head down to Old Town to celebrate our night of freedom, complete with mini sombreros!

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Aall In Limo & Party Bus

Aall In Limo & Party Bus was started by Mike Reifeiss, after he went “Aall in” during  a poker tournament and won! He bought his first limo with his winnings and has continued to grow his business in San Diego and Temecula ever since. Aall In Limo & Party Bus offers town cars, stretch limos, Hummers and a Party Bus as part of its fleet. They specialize in Temecula winery tours, San Diego brewery tours, bachelor and bachelorette parties, birthday parties or a night out just because!

The thing that truly sets Aall in Limo & Party Bus apart from other limo transportation options in San Diego, is their service. I’ve personally experienced a few other local limo companies and nothing compared to the attention to detail, courtesy and overall service that Aall in Limo provided our group. I also thought the name was just so fitting after I wrote my “All in” Mother’s Day article! It was meant to be.

Mom’s Night Out in San Diego

With good intentions to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with some Mexican food and margaritas, the seven of us headed to Old Town, San Diego. Tragically there were huge lines out the door  of almost every Mexican restaurant, so we made a game-time decision to head to Little Italy’s Kettner Exchange instead (afterall, there were some hungry pregnant women in the limo who needed to eat A.S.A.P.! 😉 ) Our limo driver, Joe, was so accomodating with the change of plans and got us safely to our new destination.

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Kettner Exchange provided the perfect atmosphere for a girls night out. Even with no reservation, the seven of us were able to claim a long community table in their lounge and instantly found ourselves with cocktails, mocktails and appetizers circulating.

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Although we tried many delicious tapas, I highly recommend the Fried Chicken (I’ll seriously dream of this dish), Kale Salad, and Cauliflower Tempura.  For my main course I had to order the Double Double Burger, because…well, have  you seen this thing? Yes, please. 

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Our driver, Joe, politely texted me when we were getting close to our departure time (I LOVED the courtesy text – so helpful), so with that we paid the bill and headed back to north county.

Despite the change of dinner plans, the night ended up being a huge success and a much-deserved night out for these mamas!

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Thank you Aall In Limo & Party Bus for perfecting our “Cinco de Mayo / Pre-Mother’s Day Mom’s Night Out” – no doubt we will be using your services again!

Book Aall In Limo & Party Bus for Mother’s Day this Sunday and receive $100 off your reservation! Find out more here.

 

Disclaimer: Aall In Limo & Party Bus provided complimentary transportation for the Mommy Project, San Diego. However, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Monday Mashup

Happy Monday! Hope everyone’s week is off to a fantastic start! Check out the 5 things I’m loving in this week’s Monday Mashup: 1. 10 Habits of a Successful Mom: This post on Today’s the Best Day blog, really resonated with me because I, too traded in my nice work suits and high heels for flip flops and yoga pants when I left the corporate world and a job I loved to become a full time mom. I love how she refers to the new “mommy job” as a promotion – I totally agree. 2. Moms Night Out at Culture Brewing Co.: Some fellow moms and I experienced Culture Brewing Co. for a fantastic Mom’s Night Out. Check out the article on San Diego Mom’s Night Out for all the details – this San Diego brewery is legit.` Culture Brewing Co. 3. Little Leopard Book: This blog has the best recipes ever! I mean, just follow her Instagram account and you’ll be drooling in no time! Whitney is so cute and she inspires me to start cooking more! 4. StitchFix: I did it – I made the leap and started using StitchFix. It’s such a great idea for us busy moms who don’t really have time to peruse the mall anymore. Plus, I always wanted a personal stylist! And so far, so good – I found one shirt that I loved and kept from my last order and am looking forward to next month’s shipment. The box full of clothse arriving at your doorstep every month is kinda like Christmas for fashionistas – love it! Check it out here. 5. Help San Diego Fire Victims & Firefighters: Last week TEN fires broke out across San Diego county as  intense Santa Ana winds, low humidity and triple digit temperatures only escalated the catstrophe. As I write this, four fires are still burning. At least 25,000 acres have burned in total forcing 125,000 evacuations and dozens of homes destroyed.  To donate goods or money to help evacuees or fire crews involved in this firestorm, here are some suggestions:

San Diego Fires (Photo courtesy of LA Times Photography Twitter: Dramatic image of 72-year-old fighting with garden hose by @RickLoomis via @latpixhttp://lat.ms/RURL8T )

San Diego Mom’s Night Out

I’m so excited to have joined the team over at San Diego Mom’s Night Out. SDMNO is a site dedicated to connecting mothers through an online network and in-person events throughout Southern California. As moms, we wear so many hats and give so much of ourselves day in and day out, this site encourages us to take a break every now and then and enjoy a Mom’s Night Out! I’ll cheers to that!

As a monthly Contributing Editor, I’ll be scouring San Diego for the best venues, restaurants, spas, activities, wineries, breweries, etc. to recommend to moms who are looking for a fun night out. (Suggestions are always welcome, please email: MommyProjectSD@gmail.com) 

Be sure to follow along over at San Diego Mom’s Night Out and on The Mommy Project, San Diego’s Instagram to find out about our city’s best places to unwind and have some fun. And check out the two restaurants I’ve visited so far (both amazing!):

Lucky Liu’s Review (Gaslamp Quarter)
Solterra Winery & Kitchen Review (Leucadia)

Cheers!

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Rookie Moms Challenge #7: Plan a Mom’s Night Out

After 3.5 months of pretty much never leaving my little one (except to get my hair and nails did – the essentials!) I decided it was time to go out and spend some time with friends!  This past week I completed the Rookie Moms Challenge #10: Plan a Mom’s Night Out…and it was amazing.

The Crew

Lucky for me, two of my girlfriends from high school live close by and they are both new moms, too. When I asked if they were interested in doing a “moms night out”, there was a resounding “YES!” I also decided to recruit one of my new “mommy” friends from my Mommy Play Group (see Rookie Mom Challenge #2: Join a Mom’s Group).

With my “crew” locked down, it was time to search for a venue and the criteria was simple. 1.) Must serve wine 2.) See criteria #1. Solterra Winery & Kitchen was just the spot (check out my review of Solterra during a recent Whine and Dine post too).

Heels, Perfume and a Necklace

There are three things I didn’t even realize that I had completely cut out of my every day life until this night while I was getting ready to go out without the baby: Heels, perfume and bulky statement necklaces. Heels got the boot (no pun intended) for obvious reasons – just not practical while carrying a baby 24/7. Perfume is no more because I’m afraid it will irritate Blake while I’m holding her (and let’s be honest – I’m not exactly out and about trying to impress people with my fabulous scent these days), and statement necklaces are too bulky to wear when a baby is constantly resting on your chest. Needless to say, in my excitement for girls night out, I put on my highest heels, a big necklace and spritzed myself with some perfume – boom! I was back.

Wine & Tapas

The night was amazing! The four of us split a couple of bottles of red wine, ordered a bunch of tapas to share and had a blast catching up about LIFE. Life with the kiddos, life with the hubbies, our past life (you know, the glory days). All in all it was a very successful moms night out. It was so nice to be out, having adult conversations in a normal voice (as opposed to my “baby voice” that has become quite the staple these days).

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I came home refreshed and relaxed but also extremely happy to see Blake (I missed her like crazy!)

Bonus Points

I’m giving myself bonus points for this challenge because I’ve also been asked to become a reoccurring contributor on San Diego Moms’ Night Out – writing about all of the fun places for mom’s to relax and unwind here in San Diego. You can follow my new mom adventures at San Diego Moms Night Out and on my Instagram.

Cheers! 

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