Things I Like This Week & Fun Links: Discovering a New Park

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Since I write posts for this series on Friday’s, the week for these posts kind of begins on Saturday or perhaps Sunday. This week was busy, as they mostly all are, but I did get an opportunity to enjoy visiting a neighbor on Saturday (see note from that outing here) and we went on a family outing on Sunday. Alessandra was filled with joy during Continue reading

I Feel Pretty: Movie Review

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(Photo of the theater screen before the movie began) 

Beauty is a subjective thing. Different people may have varying opinions about what is beautiful or who is beautiful. But, in society, sometimes beauty is generalized, particularly when it comes to women and the fashion industry. I am a fan of chick flicks, particularly when they are comedies. With everything going on in the world, and sometimes as hectic as our own lives can get, I think it is good to go watch a feel good, comedy! I had seen the trailer for I Feel Pretty and found the scenes funny! Luckily, I was Continue reading

Things I Like This Week & Fun Links: Hubby Is Back!

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This week has been a bit different because my hubby was out of town. He is back today. I didn’t make evening plans this week. I usually go to one or two outings every week, perhaps an event, dinner with a friend, a movie screening, or a facial. Not this week. I was caring for Alessandra on my own. I enjoyed the time I spent with her. We followed our weekly routine as much as possible. I worked late into the night on several occasions, which was hugely gratifying, but I must admit, Continue reading

From My View as Host: San Diego Latino Film Festival

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Photo by Amanda San Martin

This year, the San Diego Latino Film Festival celebrated its 25th Anniversary! This is very impressive! The Festival started as a student film festival and grew into what it is today, an eleven day film festival, with more than 160 films, 20,000 plus attendees, the Sabor Latino – Food, Beer & Wine Festival, plus lots of events, red carpets, parties, press conferences, and of course the participation of many filmmakers and celebrities! It has become one of the largest film festival’s in the country! It is one of the largest Latino entertainment events in the nation! I have been hosting the Festival for four years. The first year, I Continue reading

Ever Wonder What a Gala is like? Join Us at 25th Awards Gala & Concert

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I will never forget the first gala I went to in San Diego. I was about 23 years old and was a volunteer for the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Through my volunteer work at the Chamber’s events, I became friends with the organization’s Manager. We have remained good friends to this day. One day, she invited me to a dinner. I had no idea who we would be seating with or how nice the event would be. It was an event in a high rise hotel in La Jolla. We were seated at the Continue reading

San Diego Latino Film Festival Media Kick-off Party

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Before I was the Host of the San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF), I was a media sponsor of the Festival for about eight years through my position as Community Outreach & Publicity Manager at ABC10 and Azteca San Diego 15 television stations. Even before my position at the television stations, I was a supporter of the SDLFF through a Continue reading

Visiting the Children’s Nature Retreat & Interacting with 120 Animals

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We are always seeking places to take Alessandra where she can learn and have fun at the same time. Locations where the entire family will have a good time! Recently, we have been reading more books about animals to her and she has learned to identify many of them. She also likes to Continue reading

Getting a Part of Myself Back by Going to the Theater to see Dirty Dancing

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I enjoy going to the theater. In particular, I enjoy going to see Broadway shows and plays. I have been to Broadway shows in New York and in San Diego. The shows which come to San Diego are the touring Broadway shows, which are just as wonderful! For a few years, I went to Broadway San Diego shows regularly. Then, I stopped attending for a few years because Continue reading

Best Christmas Decorations in So Cal – You Can Visit for Free – We Did!

We visited the The Mission Inn in Riverside, California, to see their amazing Christmas decorations! It is quite enchanting & beautiful! This year, our daughter is a toddler and walking, so she got to experience it in a whole new way. We visited during the day and just before the Christmas rush. Watch video for more, I highly recommend visiting this resort! Admission in the lobby and several decorated areas is free. Hope you enjoy this video! Thanks for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive  Continue reading

Coco: The Importance of Traditions & Culture

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At the Coco movie screening. 

Growing up in a Mexican household (while living in California), I learned about Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead, the holiday celebrated in Mexico to honor the dead) at an early age. It was important to my parents that my siblings and I learn about the Mexican culture and traditions. They not only worked hard to teach us proper Spanish, but also to instill in us a sense of pride and appreciation for our Mexican culture and heritage. I am very appreciative to my parents for giving me this wonderful gift! I grew up in the United States, but I am Mexican-American, bicultural and bilingual! I feel I have the best of both worlds!

I want to be able to pass on this priceless gift to my daughter, Alessandra. So, when I got invited to the preview screening of Disney Pixar’s new animated movie Coco, I got excited! To add to the excitement and fun, I Continue reading

Unexpected Visit to Pendry Rooftop Bar & SD Film Fest Party

Pilar and I had a fun evening at the San Diego International Film Festival’s Kick-off Party, & an unexpected visit to the Pendry Rooftop Bar & Pool! It’s very nice! Click on video to watch! Thanks for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive Continue reading

Girls Night Out at Home Again Movie Screening (& Review of Movie)

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Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We had a fun girls night out for the movie screening of Home Again, starring Reese Witherspoon. It was an adventure getting to the movie theater, but we made it…& even arrived a little early. Click on video to see our review of the movie & opinion of Arclight Cinema La Jolla. Thanks for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive notifications of new videos I upload. And, please leave your comments below 🙂

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We Met a Lemur…Opening Party Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

We met a Lemur at the Fleet Science Center during the Opening Night Party for the film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, click to see the video! It was exciting! Thank you for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive notifications Continue reading

Summer Fun: Parties, Dinner By the Bay, Birthdays, Movies, House Guests, Bowling, & More

Our Summer Fun in Video, parties, dinner by the bay, birthdays, movies, house guests, bowling, & more, all of this in two weeks, click to see video! Thank you for watching! If you like this video, please Like it & Subscribe to my Youtube channel to receive notifications of Continue reading

Girls Night At the Movies: Rough Night Review

(L to R) Blair (Zo‘ Kravitz), Alice (Jillian Bell), Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Frankie (Illana Grazer) and Pippa (Kate McKinnon) in Columbia PicturesÕ ROUGH NIGHT.

(L to R) Blair (Zo‘ Kravitz), Alice (Jillian Bell), Jess (Scarlett Johansson), Frankie (Illana Grazer) and Pippa (Kate McKinnon) in Columbia PicturesÕ ROUGH NIGHT.

(Photo courtesy of EPK.TV)

In a previous post I mentioned that one of the things I missed since becoming a mom was going to the movies. Well, now that Alessandra is a toddler and my hubby and I seem to be on a more Continue reading