Monday Mashup

I’ve decided to start a new series called Monday Mashup because I’m constantly coming across great blogs or articles that I think are interesting or entertaining and I’d love to start sharing these with you all, every Monday. Sharing is caring, amiright? So, without further ado, here are my top 5 mashups this week:

1. ‘This is How I Feel’ series on Oakland Avenue: I love Laura Wifler’s blog, Oakland Avenue, especially her series called ‘This is How I Feel’ – moms and dads alike will get a kick out of these very accurate GIFs – it’s seriously laugh-out-loud funny. Mike and I scrolled through every single one and were both DYING laughing. Oh, parenting.

2. Confessions of  a New Mom: While you’re over at Oakland Avenue, check out my guest blog post spilling the beans about my Confessions as a New Mom. Yes, I like cleaning lint out of Blake’s toes and I don’t care who knows it!

3. Moms’ Night Out, the movie: Did you hear about the new movie coming out called ‘Moms’ Night Out’? I can’t wait to see this comedy as I’m sure it’ll be quite amusing to all of us mothers! San Diego Mom’s Night Out is hosting a fun event at AMC Mission Valley theater where moms throughout San Diego will be able to mix and mingle with some light bites, desserts and cocktails and then sit down and watch this new flick. I can’t wait and I hope to see all of you San Diego mamas there! Click here for details and tickets.

4. VIPink at Westfield Malls: Have you purchased your VIPink card yet?  This coming weekend, May 3-4, Westfield shopping centers nationwide, in partnership with Bright Pink, will join in a celebration of women. With the VIPink card, you will receive 20% off premiere retailers and weekend entertainment and treats. All proceeds from the $10 VIPink card go to Bright Pink, the only national nonprofit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Each Westfield mall will also hold a weekend of fun activities to participate in. Here in San Diego:

  • Westfield UTC is celebrating with a fun Photo Booth Bus, Dessert Bar, 20% off at participating premiere retailers and DJ Layla spinning. For more details and to buy your VIPink card, click here.
  • Westfield North County is celebrating with a ‘Mommy and Me’ event including mini-manicures, hand print ceramic tiles for your little ones, photo booth fun, sweet treats and of course the 20% off at participating premiere retailers. For more details and to buy your VIPink card, click here.
  • Also, don’t forget to ENTER TO WIN a $50 giftcard to Westfield North County here!

5. Bikini Series from Tone It Up: Summer is upon us and, lets be honest, I haven’t worked out since FitFabFeb (wow, that was 3 months ago!) That’s why I was very interested when my friend (who blogs over at the cutest site, Little Better Halves – check it out!) told me about this Bikini Series from Tone It Up. They provide weekly workouts, recipes, daily motivation, prizes, and the best lifestyle and fitness challenges to get you ready for summer! And the best part? It’s FREE! I’m all signed up and ready to TONE.IT.UP, son!

Have a great week!

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Uncasked Brew Fest at Westfield UTC

What do you get when you pair the best brewers in San Diego with delicious eats and a fun photo booth? These are the ingredients that made up the Uncasked Brew Fest that I attended yesterday at Westfield UTC.

The Setting

I have been to “Brew Fests” before, but I must say this was easily my favorite – largely due to the event setting. There were 4 different beer gardens (all named after neighborhoods in San Diego: Encinitas, Little Italy, Gaslamp and North Park – I just loved that) found throughout the plaza of the Westfield UTC mall. Each beer garden featured two breweries paired with a restaurant – quenching your thirst and satisfying your appetite all in one setting.

Westfield UTC

The Brews

8 local breweries provided tastings at the event, including: Stone Brewing Co., Mother Earth Brew Co., Rock Bottom Brewery, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Helm’s Brewing Company, Acoustic Ales Brewing Experiment, Rough Draft Brewing Co., and Mike Hess Brewing.

My good friend (also a new mom) is one of the owners of Mother Earth Brew Co. so I invited her to join me on a Mom’s Night Out. We supported Mother Earth Brew Co. with some awesome t-shirts that were also quite appropriate for two new moms! #LoveYourMother

Mother Earth Brew Co.

Helm's Brewing Company

The Food

Season’s 52, PIRCH, Tender Greens and Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer provided samples of some of their delicious dishes and snacks. Some of my favorites included the Truffle Fries from Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer, the Red Mole Braised Tacos from Season’s 52 and Beef Medallions from PIRCH. And although Season’s 52 wasn’t offering samples of their desserts, they showcased a dessert display on their table and it looked incredible (I’m always easily distracted by pretty desserts.)

Eureka! Gourmet Burgers & Craft Beer

PIRCH

Season's 52

The Fun

The Social Cycle was also on display. I’ve seen this fun “party on wheels” cruising around Downtown San Diego and always wondered what it was all about. Essentially it’s a 16-passenger, Dutch-style bicycle that is pedal-powered by its riders. Apparently you can rent this out for bar crawls, birthday parties or sightseeing around San Diego and they service Downtown San Diego, North/South Park, Bankers Hill, Hillcrest and Pacific Beach.

If there’s ever any sort of photo booth at an event, you’ll find me waiting in line to take photos. I LOVE photo booths. But the SD Photo Bus took my love to a whole new level. The booth is actually a mobile VW Bus with fun props inside, different filters to choose from and you can even text message or email yourself with the final photo strip. You seriously NEED THIS for your next event or wedding, people! I’m obsessed!

SD Photo Bus

SD Photo Bus

 

Overall, great event at the Westfield UTC mall!

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