Hey! I hope everyone is doing well ❤ Took myself & my boys to a mini getaway before summer is over & we had a really good time minus the weather ,lol!😓 Let me tell you…it was I believe 109 degrees or more at some point. Its been a minute since I’ve been in that type of weather so I was struggling haha 😂but I always want to make it a point to make it fun for my kids. I like to make the best of any situation.
I ended up booking us at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/palm-springs-rancho-las-palmas?utm_campaign=omni_ohr_psprst_all_x_br_prop_palm+springs_en_exact_us&utm_content=58700005760068001&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_term=43700052473369338&gclsrc=aw.ds&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3fietO318QIVfBatBh3J_gM5EAAYASAAEgLRyvD_BwE all of us loved it! It was so much fun & the resort is actually very big. The family pool area is amazing , they have a lazy river , water splash zone, slides & a family pool which only goes up to 4 ft so it’s perfect for families & smaller kids. FYI the water is warm not cold at all. They also have an adult pool that goes up to 8ft just across from the family area which is pretty cool. Right now they try to keep capacity limited due to Covid, so they give out wrist bands for morning part of the day and for afternoon part. Since we went and it wasn’t overly busy the front desk person said we would be able to go all day the days we were there so it worked out. They also do cleaning of the pools twice a day so they close for an hour (everyone has to leave but can come back afterwards). There is a grill right next to the family area which is pretty good and you can order your food and they will bring it to you. Obviously it is a bit pricey but what resort wouldn’t be? Right ? They also have a Cafe which is sort of like a Starbucks and there drinks are very good & they have a restaurant as well. They definitely make it easy to not leave the resort!😉 From home I did bring breakfast muffins for us and snacks; healthy ones and not healthy lol. I also brought a lot of drinks; water , ice teas & some coke zeros for me. They also had an ice machine downstairs from our hotel area so that worked perfect so we had cold drinks the whole time. The room had a balcony , and the size was perfect for me and my boys. My oldest is 16 so he slept on the sofa bed and he said it was fine and comfortable. My youngest who is 9 slept on the king size bed with me and we had more than enough room👍🏽 Quick question … who else has issues with getting their teens to take pictures ? My oldest is usually ok with pics but on this trip he just wasn’t having it 😑 I think he just wasn’t good with the weather but while he was in the water he was smiling and laughing and having a good ol’ time. These teenage years are no joke, but phew at least I was able to sneak some videos and pics..
Overall we had so much fun😎 I am so grateful I was able to take this mini getaway & make memories with my boys .. the lazy river & slide was our favorite part! We definitely want to come back but not during the middle or end of summer. My kids already made that clear to me, lol!
We did end up going to downtown when we got there because I wanted to check out this brunch place that I saw on TikTok. I don’t know about anyone else but does TikTok make you want to check out food places or what ?! 😂 So we went to Wilma + Frieda’s Cafe and it was delicious! Definitely go check this place out if you can. The Blackberry French toast was the best thing we ordered, but my youngest loved the churro waffle. After we ate I heard about a Marilyn Monroe statue that they made that was near by, it was so hot but I wanted to check out & WOW it was huge and so beautiful! I am a big fan if Marilyn Monroe I love her movies & she was definitely a beauty icon. We took some amazing pictures and I was honestly glad we checked it out, I have a love for the old Hollywood era it just is so iconic to me.
The day we headed back home we ended up checking out another restaurant; El Patio. This one was a Mexican restaurant it is so cute the whole vibe was very cool, I loved the decor! I also thought the food was delicious and pretty close to authentic. I would 100% go back, my boys loved it also. 👌🏽
Thanks for stopping by and reading🤍 Feel free to comment below if you have checked this resort out or any of these restaurants or if you have any questions😊
Hi! I hope everyone is doing well & enjoying their summer so far.
We went on our first summer vacation last week & we had so much fun ! We stayed 4 nights in Santa Barbara, CA & we visited the cities around as well. We stayed at the Best Western Inn Santa Barbara, the room was very nice & staff was accommodating. The pool & jacuzzi were okay in size, when we arrived it looked very busy and crowded but overall it was fine. They even had washer and dryer to wash clothing if you needed too. Our suite had a fully stocked kitchen so you could cook and a fridge , coffee maker, microwave, & table to eat at. We did make breakfast every morning so we could save some money and we brought a lot of snacks which worked really well.
Traffic was a little heavy so we ended up going to downtown Santa Barbara the first day we arrived & just ate dinner and stayed local. We walked around , they have a lot of shops and food places to check out. We tried this gelato place that was so delicious😋 it was called Tondi Gelato and I highly recommend it!!
The next day we ended up driving to Solvang which was about 1 hour or so away , and this place is so cute! The small downside was it was extremely hot , lol it was 97 degrees! It did get a bit cooler through out the day but we made it and I loved it and my boys really liked it as well. It is much bigger than I thought… you can definitely spend the whole day there. They have these pancakes that we were told were so good but we ended up forgetting to go back and getting those so we bought their famous butter cookies which are 👌🏽 We also rented these Moke electric cars to drive around the town and they were so much fun! Its $49 an hour and seats 4 people and has blue tooth to play your music while your driving around town. If you go you definitely have to rent these😉
The following day we visited San Luis Obispo. I found they had so many shops , food and even bars. I think they have a lot of spots for college kids, but I still enjoyed it and my kids did as well. We checked out the bubblegum alley which was gross but also cool, lol. Its always nice to check out new places and have those memories. I always remind my kids that the memories and experience are so important and if you dont try or go new places you wont know if you like it. We shopped this super cute boutique and I found the cutest romper and the prices weren’t too bad. I love to go into these shops because they have items that you don’t find in the bigger more popular stores. We also ate at this Italian restaurant that was AMAZING it was called Giuseppe’s Cucina Rustica I definitely would recommend this place 100%! We were going to go to Pismo Beach but it was super foggy that day so we headed home.
The rest of the trip we hung out by the pool & jacuzzi & had so much fun. We also ended our last night going to dinner at this seafood place called The Drunken Crab ( similar to The Boiling Crab) in downtown Santa Barbara and it was so yummy! Another place I would recommend 😁👍🏽
I feel blessed and happy I was able to take my boys on this trip & that we were able to get a way for a bit and enjoy time together. We have more plans for this summer so hopefully I will be posting more on my blog.
Thanks for stopping by and supporting 🤍any questions or comments feel free to post below 👇🏼
Hi! It’s a new day & a new week ! I hope everyone is doing great. Not sure about you, but I tend to scroll through TikTok on my downtime, lol. I ended up finding this lasagna soup recipe and it looked so good I had to give it a try. I wanted to share it because it honestly came out so delicious. I enjoyed it & so did my youngest son even though he isn’t a fan of tomatoes! 🙌🏽
Italian sausage or ground beef ( I used a pound of both to make it more meaty & I loved how it came out )
Heavy whipping cream
Mozzarella cheese, Italian cheese blend, & parmesan
Pasta sauce ( which ever is your favorite)
Chicken & Beef broth
Diced tomatoes ( 1 can is fine unless you really like tomatoes 😉 )
Brown your meat ; I used minced garlic and chopped onions and seasoned it with garlic salt & pepper
In a pot add your meat, add pasta sauce ( I used the whole bottle) , add 1 carton of chicken broth & only half of the beef broth ( save the other half for when you reheat because the soup will thicken) , add diced tomato’s & crushed up lasagna noodles. Cover and let it cook about 8-10 minutes.
Make ricotta mixture; ricotta cheese, both cheeses & seasonings of your choice.
Add ricotta mixture to soup and heavy whipping cream
Put heat on high and let it cook about 5 minutes. Check and make sure your noodles are soft and the taste is to your liking.
Then enjoy !!
Thanks for visiting my blog & if you make this before let me know in the comments below.
I was super excited to take the kids to go check this out…enjoy some time together & of course have some good food. We had year passes a while back, but we never did the festival before so I was happy when I saw that they still were doing it this year. It’s going on until May 2nd & I highly recommend it! The cost is $45 for adults ( 5 tastings) & $20 for children between 3-11 (3 tastings). We went on a Friday and the hours were 12pm-8pm, we didn’t show up until after 4pm and we stayed till closing and it was perfect timing, the only thing is it was pretty chilly at night. I wasn’t sure how much food was going to be given for each taste, so we all picked different items and pretty much shared. I was surprised that by the end of it we were all so full. The rides are of course closed but they still have people dressed up in character ( they laugh & make jokes with the guest its very funny) , you can purchase items & also play games. My kids had a lot of fun & we all enjoyed the different foods🤍
I try to find things to do that look like fun for my oldest who is 16 & sometimes has his “teenager attitude” lol 🙄 who can relate ?? He told me he really enjoyed going, so that made me feel good.
To be honest all the food was very good, the funnel cake & fries were my fave’s! My oldest loved the mac n cheese bites with tater tots, but I wasn’t able to take a picture of those ☹ I did try to take pictures of most of the food (see below)
Both of my boys also loved the Ice float !
There are a lot of benches and tables to sit at around the park so there is plenty of room & also lots of sanitizer👍🏽. You do have to keep your mask on while walking around, but that is the usual and everyone was on the same page.
Has anyone gone to the boysenberry festival, if so what did you think? ( There is another month left ! ) or will you be going before it ends? Comment below.