Friday, June 25, 2010

Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, an Eco- Family Investment?

I was invited to explore Jean‐Michel Cousteau’s
Ambassadors of the Environment at The Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel.

Designed to educate families of all ages on ecology and the environment. They offer 9 programs for kids, adults, and families, and 16 different youth programs. My 10year old has made a list of the ones he wants to try.

Staying close to home and getting a real "vacation" experience out of a day trip or a easy weekend is very appealing to me, and my budget. Spending a day snorkeling and learning with the young men and women that make up the Ambassador staff at the hotel (hi Casey) is an outstanding addition to summer vacation.
*Note: you do not have to be a guest at the hotel to participate in the programs.
However staying the hotel, I'm sure would be a slice of heaven and the hotel staff treats you as if you live there. *I hope to weekend there with my family in August and will surely post more pictures and review the programs in greater detail.

Ambassadors of the Environment gives families the opportunity to get involved with hands on learning, weather your family is already active in preserving our oceans or you would like to learn more about how to do your part in taking care of our oceans. Ambassadors of the Environment provides an incredible one of a kind, nature's classroom.

Spending time with my family sharing the importance of being responsible by learning more about our mother earth and how better to take care of her.

I am making an Eco-Family Investment in my family.

I think I just made up a new catch phrase....
"Eco-Family Investment"
*remember you heard it hear first*

There is a specific spot in the hotel that is my favorite for sipping hand-crafted cocktails and watching the sunset. Perched 162-feet above Salt Creek Beach, 180Blũ is an ocean front lounge with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Appetizer, dessert menu and lounge seating.
Everyone has their own tabletop firepit. SoCal CHIC at it's finest.
•Fresh Sushi served every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.
•Live music on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
•Specialty cocktails, beer and wine

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Xbox Kinects Families

A new way to Kinect

with your family is coming to

your living room this November!

Formerly know as "Project Natal"....

Microsoft's Xbox 360 has introduced a new kind of gaming perfect for the whole family. There are a wide variety of games to suit ages 3 to 103. Below are of a few of my families' favorites. The Kinectimals game is cute and cuddly and allows you to have a "virtual" pet and is great for the young ones. Kinect Adventures! is fantastic for the family to play together... it's more like a ride than a game and totally fun!!! Dance Central is the ultimate party in a box- (our favorite dance move is the Fresh Prince) This game will be played everywhere... from dorm rooms, to 40th Birthday parties not to mention the tween scene. From toddlers to seniors there is something for everyone and without the complicated controller.
For the first time ever there is a gaming system without controllers.

You are the controller....

Everyone can play these games!

*More photos coming soon*

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Disney's New Sing It Family Hits For Wii

This game has songs from so many different movies,

everyone of every age will find a song they love!

Good Times Disney Style!

A few of the songs we enjoyed...
The Little Mermaid's Under The Sea

Lion King's Hakuna Matata

Jungle Book's I wanna Be Like You

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Fathers Day Fun at RideMakerz - New at Downtown Disney

Celebrate Father's Day this year at Downtown Disney, visit the newly opened RideMakerz®. You can give and get a unique gift experience with this special offer available Father's Day weekend only!

Supercharge your Father's Day weekend at the bigger, better and badder RIDEMAKERZ® in the Downtown Disney® District! On Saturday and Sunday, when you purchase one RIDE, you can build your second RIDE free*! Unleash your inner car customizer with this special offer, June 19 and 20, 2010.

And be sure to bring dad in to meet famed car customizers Chip Foose and Fireball Tim Lawrence, who will be in RIDEMAKERZ® for photos and autographs on June 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is How We Roll

Rocker panels and a full size car decorate the totally garage themed store

Build Your Ride

Chip Foose, the legendary car designer and host of TLC's Overhaulin' is a really nice guy and a great example of what a role model should be. Thanks for all your help, Chip!

This is a awesome way to spend an afternoon!

Ride The Talk

Thank you Larry Andreini, RIDEMAKERZ® ZEO. It was a pleasure meeting you!

My son hasn't stopped playing with his car... you have a huge hit on your hands!!!

* Offer good on body of equal or lesser value. Free RIDE offer includes freewheel street Chassiz, stock Wheelz and stock Treadz. Additional accessories not included. This offer is provided and fulfilled solely by RIDEMAKERZ® and is subject to change without notice. Restrictions apply. Disney is not responsible for the fulfillment of this offer.

Disclosure- I was not paid for this post. I was invited to the store opening and my son was generously given a car to build and take home.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

World of Color Premier

World of Color

at Disney's California Adventure is the
New Nighttime Water Spectacular
Grand Opening TODAY June 11th!

To see the World of Color show you will need to get special FastPass distributed at the
Grizzly River Run Ride FastPass Distribution

I am thrilled to bring you video and photos of tonight's show.
Check back tomorrow.... In the meantime...

My good friend Lisa over at Babes in Disneyland was there to see the "dress rehearsal" check out her review and photos.... awesome~

Here is what's new in other parts of the park:

GlowFest: A high energy, brightly lit color explosion all it's own will light up the sky over California Adventure. Located in the heart of the park, SunShine Plaza is the perfect backdrop for the main stage this exciting show. Not to be left out appropriately enough is Hollywood Pictures Backlot. All of Hollywood comes to life in this street party of music and lights.

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