Monday, March 30, 2015

Spring Training and The Top Baseball Films to Watch on Netflix

Baseball is a pretty important sport in our house.  You see, my husband collects baseball cards.  Yes, the kind that used to come with bubble gum and kids on the playground would trade at school.  However, the cards he collects come in hard plastic cases and no one can touch them.  Every now and then he lets me help him open them when he gets new, unopened packs on eBay, but this act of "romance" on his behalf comes with strict instructions to "…NOT bend the edges!!!"

For my oldest son, baseball is everything.  Specifically, Mike Trout and the Anaheim Angels  (I choose to call them the Anaheim Angels, because their actual name is just ridiculous).  He studies baseball card stats, watches ESPN during Spring Training, and even watches baseball movies and documentaries with his dad. My youngest worships his dad and brother, so he does whatever they do and, well, since that usually involves baseball, that means I have a house full of baseball nuts!  It comes as no surprise then, that for Christmas I bought my husband two tickets to the Angels' Spring Training in Phoenix, AZ, and then I proceeded to invite myself to his Spring Training weekend. Smart move on MY part!  HA!

We had a blast this past weekend in Phoenix.  It was fantastic! We went to an Angels vs. Dodgers game and while the day was a high of 97 degrees, my husband  caught a foul ball, so all was well in the world, after that!  Here are a few pictures of our trip:










To celebrate the fact that Opening Day is just a week away, I thought I'd put together a list of movies and documentaries on Netflix that have gotten my boys through Fall and Winter (aka. the baseball drought), and will certainly keep baseball fans at ease during the off-season.  Happy Watching!!!




1. The Battered Bastards of Baseball
2. The Baseball Chronicles
3. 30 for 30: Four Days in October
4. BASEBALL: A film by Ken Burns
5. The Perfect Game
6. The Bad News Bears
7. A Mile in his Shoes

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My 12 Favorite Romantic, Date-Night Movies on Netflix


You've heard me talk about it a few times here: date nights.  And I've even mentioned day dates.  I often hear friends and co-workers tell me that they don't have dates often enough because they just can't get a sitter or would prefer not to pay a ton of money on a sitter, only to then pay a ton of money on dinner and a movie.

With Netflix, the hubs and I are able to have date nights at home, after the kids go to bed, and way more frequently.  We have the best snacks accompanied with wine (or beer for the mister).  For our snacks, I love going on Pinterest and searching "date night snacks" and attempting to make whatever snacks come up, that seem actually doable and edible.  Lately I've been making specialty popcorns, like one I found that was a delicious Dill & Garlic combination.  There was also a really great chili powder and lemon popcorn, that is actually making my mouth water as I type.  So delicious!  

Once we get the snack situation ready, one of us (we take turns every other time) gets dibs at choosing the movie for that date night.  Naturally, the movies he picks are totally sci-fi, or fast-paced, dramatic thrillers.  My choices typically consist of romantic comedies, or just plain romantic films!  Here are 12 of my favorite romantic, date-night movies, currently streaming on Netflix:



1.  Silver Linings Playbook
2.  One Day
3.  Hitch
4.  Fools Rush In
5.  The Sweetest Thing
6.  Notting Hill


7.  Sliding Doors
8.  Dirty Dancing
9.  Pretty in Pink
10.  Safe Haven
11. Sleepless in Seattle
12.  Legends of the Fall

Currently, my favorite of those movies is Fools Rush In.  I think it reminds me of me and my husband.  Especially the scene where Isabel's family (Salma Hayek's character) takes Alex (Matthew Perry's character) out to the desert and he ends up in cactus and drowning the subsequent pain from that in a bottle of tequila.  The cactus part never happened in our situation, but the crazy cousins giving the hubs too much tequila, certainly did happen, on more than one occasion on our vacations to Mexico City.  

So what movie will you be watching on your next date night in?  What is your snack of choice for movie nights with your honey?  The next snack I will be trying are the bacon wrapped dates?!  They have bacon, so they have to be good….right?!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friends is on NETFLIX!!!: Friends Trivia



If you haven't yet heard, one of my favorite shows is now on Netflix: FRIENDS!!!!!  All 10 seasons of Friends are now on Netflix.  For the last couple weeks, my mornings (while I do my air and makeup) and my evenings (while I fall asleep in bed) have been consumed with countless hours of Friends awesomeness!



I didn't realize how much I had missed this show until I started watching recently.  The writing was just perfection and the on screen chemistry of the cast was on point.  Numerous nights I have found myself trying desperately to laugh quietly without waking my husband up next to me.  However, I have failed miserably each night!  

I started watching from Season 1 and am currently almost done with Season 4.  When I reach the last episode of Season 10, I will surely cry, then start all over again, because….well, it's Friends.

To celebrate the fact that all 10 seasons of Friends is on Netflix, I thought we'd play some Friends Trivia!  :)  How many answers do you know without googling the answers?

  1. What is the name of Phoebe’s birth mom?
  2. What is Chandler’s middle name?
  3. Why did Ross and Rachel break up?
  4. What’s Monica’s apartment number?
  5. How many sisters does Joey have?
  6. When is Rachel’s birthday?
  7. Tom Selleck played Monica’s boyfriend in Season 2.  What was his character’s name?
  8. What was the name of the band that sang the Friends theme song?
  9. What is the name of Joey’s character on Days of Our Lives?
  10. What name did Phoebe use when pretending to be someone else?
  11. Why did Phoebe miss Ross’s wedding in London?
  12. What addiction did Fun Bobby have?
  13. What is Chandler’s mother’s profession?
  14. When Joey was unable to afford an entire encyclopedia set, he purchased only the volume for which letter?
  15. What color was Monica’s nail, when she lost it in the quiche at her moms party?
My friends, Megan and Wendy from, the Long Story Short YouTube Channel, played their own Friends Trivia.  Here's how they did…..



How did YOU do with my trivia questions? Are you a Friends junkie, too?! 


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

GIVEAWAY: All Hail King Julien…this New Year's Eve!

My New Year's Eve celebrations, before kids, used to consist of a late dinner, followed by dessert, followed by a night of dancing and drinking with my cousins at the "it" nigh club of that year, in Mexico City.  We'd get to the club late and leave early…..at 7am.  And while those says are looooong gone now that I have kids, I must admit, I'm a little glad about that.  There's NO WAY that I could EVER stay up until 7am without falling over in severe exhaustion.  My NYE's now consist of an early dinner, board games and putting the kids to bed, watching my husband asleep on the couch by 8:30pm, and me celebrating NYE alone, while watching the east coast feed at 9pm.



Tonight, I will be changing things up a bit.  After dinner with family,  I'm planning on letting the boys stay up a little past their 8pm bed time, and we'll be hosting our own countdown, just the four of us, with one special guest: King Julien.  The new Netflix animation picture, All Hail King Julien,  will have a special feature today.  King Julien, of Madagascar fame, will host his own three-minute countdown, available for streaming so that kids, too, can enjoy the NYE countdown without having to stay up late to watch the ball drop. Basically, I will be tricking my kids into thinking they're staying up really late and doing what the adults do, but I will control the time the countdown happens.  BRILLIANT idea, if you ask me!  Because there's music and fun included in the countdown, we'll have a mini dance party, cheer with chocolate milk in fancy glasses and eat Oreo's before bed!  I can't wait!! The boys will love it, and I will love the early (but late, for them) bed time on this special occasion.



In fact, I am so excited about this, that I am giving away a 1-year Netlix Streaming subscription!!!  AWESOME, right?!  All you have to do is enter below!!!  What better way to start 2015, than with FREE Netflix Streaming for a whole year?!   {Giveaway ends on 1/3/15 and I will announce the winner on 1/4/15}  Happy New Year, friends!!!!  I hope 2015 is full of happiness and love for you and your families.

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Monday, December 29, 2014

Sleepover at Lorimar Winery in Temecula

*Although I received a weekend of fun, all opinions are my own and I plan on going back to Lorimar Winery to relive every second, every taste and every drink.*



Last month I was fortunate enough to join a few of my bloggy friends for a fun weekend full of wine tasting and fun.  Sharon, from Cupcakes & Cutlery invited a few of her favorite bloggers to join her on a fun, weekend sleepover at the Lorimar Winery.  I honestly cannot tell you how much fun I had……well, I mean, I can because I'm about to tell you just what a great time it was.  But, seriously, the weekend in Temecula was amazing.  I got to spend it with a group of awesome women who all share a love of blogging, fashion and family.  {Bloggers in attendance were: Sharon from Cupcakes & Cutlery, Lauren from A Fabulous Fete, Natalie of Mint Love Social Club, Heather form River and Bridge, Bri from Mamages, Sarah & Nicole from Simply Happenstance}





It started out on a Friday morning, where we arrived at the Lorimar Coach House.  This home is so beautiful and just perfect for fun with friends (or vacation with family).  From the moment I drove onto the gravel driveway lined with trees  and flanked by a rustic fence you see only in the movies, I knew this place was going to be a blast!  The Lorimar Coach House is located directly behind the Lorimar Winery and is perfectly situated for a wine tasting weekend. With its beautiful four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the Coach House is able to sleep eight people comfortably.  The interior is gorgeous and has modern decor, furniture and appliances and is just beautiful!  The front door opens to it's own pond and a gorgeous view of the Lorimar vineyards!  I'm trying to convince my girlfriends that we need to celebrate something here, just so I can go back and enjoy the sunrise over Lorimar, again!







When we arrived on Friday, Sharon and Lauren greeted us with gift bags full of fun things from Tiny Prints, the Flair Exchange and Melissa Creates.  They also had included cute, hand made friendship bracelets for each of us to wear.  As soon as all the girls arrived and were settled in, we headed off to Lorimar to begin our day of tasting and fun.  The staff picked us up and drove us through the vineyard, to Lorimar Winery, in golf carts.  That was fun in itself and we loved being able to be up close with the grapes we were about to taste.  Patrick, the General Manager, greeted us at the winery and we LOVED him!  The guy is on point with his wine knowledge, but he gives it to you in easy-to-understand terms and with humor.  He made our wine tasting experience SO much fun!  He took us through the vineyards, all along the way, giving us tastes of the various wines he was telling us about.




After our tour at Lorimar, we were picked up by Limelite Limousine.  The limo was perfect for our group of eight.  The lights and music inside were great for our afternoon drive.  Who doesn't love a little Taylor Swift to "shake things off"?! Brendan, our driver, had us all set up with water, inside, which we all appreciated, sine we needed to hydrate for a day full of wine tasting.  No one likes a headache after a day of fun.  He also managed to keep us on schedule throughout the day, as he would manage the time for us and let us know when it was time to move on to the next activity on our itinerary.



Our first stop of the day was to Leoness Cellars for a delicious lunch, complete with wine tasting directly at the table.  Aside from the wine, my most favorite part of our lunch were the fries!!!  Prosciutto Fries, Truffle Fries, Traditional English Salt & Vinegar Fries, Melted Gorgonzola Fries….basically, we ate ALL.  OF.  THE.  FRIES!!!  They're amazing!!!  And paired with wine, it was heavenly.





After our lunch,  Brendan came to meet us at our table and he walked us through the vineyards and back to the limo.  Naturally, when you put eight bloggers in a vineyard, there's bound to be eight different photo sessions going on, all at the same time!  HA!





Our next stop was the Wiens Family Cellars and while our time here was short, we were able to enjoy the wines they had to offer.  My favorites were the Dulce Maria and the Rosé Grenache.  I highly recommend those if you're partial to white wines.

Once we finished up our array of tastings at Wiens, we headed back to the Coach House to prep for the dinner that Lorimar was catering for us in their private tasting room.  We also needed to recharge and hydrate.  {Hydration is KEY on a weekend like this, friends.}





While Lorimar Winery does not have a restaurant on site, they still managed to provide us the most spectacular dinner.  Our friends at Lorimar had Vineyard Gourmet Catering come in and treat us to the most fantastic dinner I've had in a really long time!  Every single course of our meal {of which there were several} had a specific wine pairing with the Lorimar Wines.  The chef would come out and tell us about the ingredients in each course and why and how they pair with the specific wines served.  It was so delicious and so educational.  It was interesting to really think about all the ingredients that were put into the meal and the various flavors of the wines we were tasting.  The last time I thought that way was during my honeymoon, in Italy, back in 2006.


The dinner was a great opportunity for all us girls to chat some more and get to know each other IRL (in real life).  Although by this time we had enjoyed plenty of wine, we all were already having a BLAST!  The dinner just allowed us to truly enjoy each other over an amazing meal.

Once our dinner was over we headed back to the Coach House to get the Sleepover part of our trip underway.  Of course, there were giggles and laughs, selfies and fun.  It was so nice to get to know an entirely different group of girls in a setting that didn't involve being behind a computer screen and a keyboard.  I am so appreciative of the time we had over this wonderful weekend.





The next morning, we got ready to leave the Coach House {cue my broken heart} and head to Old Town Temecula for breakfast at E.A.T Marketplace and a walking tour, courtesy of VisitTemeculaValley.com  E.A.T was beyond anything like where I've ever eaten.  I cannot say enough of this amazing restaurant!  It was simply delicious.  If you've never been to E.A.T, now is the time, friends!  I'll be going there over this winter break, just to have breakfast! My sole purpose to drive to Temecula will be ONLY to have breakfast here! They have a focus on obtaining the foods and ingredients they serve from local ranches and organic farms.  They make a true and conscious effort to serve only the best ingredients in every dish, and as a food lover, I really appreciated their effort.  The Chef (and owner) Leah Delyte Di Bernardo, would come and formally "introduce" each dish.  There was a story to every dish; a why and how.  She ran down every ingredient and told us where it came from.  She even introduced us to farmer Paul form Primal Pastures, who raises the chickens that E.A.T uses in their dishes.  It was amazing to witness their passion for locally grown, wholesome food and Chef Leah's desire to give every individual walking through E.A.T's doors the most fantastic and wholesome gastronomical experience.  I sincerely loved everything, so let me just tell you what I think you should order, when you go:  the coffee.  Just drink the coffee.  It comes from Washington state, it's harvested on Mondays and delivered to E.A.T on Wednesdays.  I don't know if it gets any fresher than that!  Also, do yourself a favor and order The Funky Monkey smoothie, the Jungle Love smoothie, Chicken and Waffles, Almond Cakes and Eggs Benedict.  Order all of it.  All. Of. It.  {I'm hungry just thinking about it!}






After our breakfast, Marlene from VisitTemeculaValley.com, took us on a walking tour of Old Town Temecula.    We got to experience many local Temecula businesses, including the Old Town Spice Merchant, Old Town Sweet Shop, Temecula Lavender Company, and the Temecula Olive Oil Company, where we were treated to an olive oil tasting session that reminded me of my honeymoon.  I loved the olive oil so much, I took a bottle of the Roasted Garlic Olive Oil to enjoy as a dip for veggies.  YUM!!!




We packed so many activities into just two shorts days, but we savored every moment and truly enjoyed every mouth watering taste of the weekend.  It was phenomenal!  Huge thank you to Sharon for including me, and to all the people at Lorimar Winery who helped orchestrate this fun-filled weekend.  I'll certainly be going back to Lorimar with my girlfriends.  I've already told them all about what a great time we had on our #LorimarSleepover, they've begged me to take them there the next time I go.  As a good friend, I will be forced to oblige.

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