Celebrate the last days of Summer with Sessions West Coast Deli

by Pattie Cordova
I'm so bummed that Summer is almost over, but the best way to get over that hump is to bid adios to the season with some beach fun. Thankfully, restaurants like Sessions West Coast Deli in Newport Beach have some amazing deals to really help me make some last-minute memories.

Sessions West Coast Deli in Newport Beach // livingmividaloca.com

This week (August 25th through August 29th), Sessions is hosting a discounted "last week of Summer" sandwich special for four! Take advantage of this fab deal at Sessions West Coast Deli with a “Last Week of Summer Sandwich Special” beach picnic basket for $35 (a retail value $75). Surfers as well as grab-and-go sunbathers have made Session Sandwiches a locals’ favorite, with the restaurant’s unique combinations of flavors, highest quality meats on the market, farm-fresh produce and preservative-free bread baked fresh and delivered daily.

Summer Zephyr sandwich at Sessions West Coast Deli // livingmividaloca.com

The beach picnic basket features fans’ favorites including:

  • Meddock Melee sandwich
  • Summer Zephyr sandwich
  • Greatfella sandwich
  • Pirate Coast sandwich
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Pasta Salad
  • Shaka Spuds
  • Any four fountain drinks

Check out all these menu items and more at http://sessionssandwiches.com/index.php/menu. Surfs up!

Sessions is located at 2823 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663 and opens its doors to guests every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

cucumber salad at Sessions West Coast Deli // livingmividaloca.com

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Images courtesy of Sessions West Coast Deli.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar movie reaction and giveaway

by Pattie Cordova
I haven't seen an IMAX movie in a while... so I was so excited when we were inviting to screen Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. I mean, it's one thing to watch a 3D movie, it's a whole other thing to watch it in IMAX.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar movie // livingmividaloca.com #IslandsofLemurs

The movie features different species of lemurs, those who support and work for the protection of lemurs, and discusses the impact of humans on these poor little animals. It was such an incredible film, the perfect length (maybe a bit too short if you ask me and the kids), and just the most surreal scenery that played out on screen. It was incredibly realistic, and more than once I saw my kids reach out in front of them to touch the leaves, the animals and whatever else they thought they could touch. We had such a great time!

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is narrated in part by the incredible Morgan Freeman and you can catch it at your local IMAX theaters now.

And if you want to hear it from the mouth of babes, my kid shares his reaction to the film. And don't forget to enter the giveaway below! We're giving away a prize pack that includes a lemur plush, a mini poster, a ruler and a bookmark.

About Island of Lemurs: Madagascar

Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Dolphin Tale”) narrates the IMAX® 3D documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” the incredible true story of nature’s greatest explorers—lemurs. The film reunites Freeman with Drew Fellman, who also wrote and produced the 2011 IMAX 3D documentary “Born to Be Wild 3D,” and director/cinematographer David Douglas, who was the director of photography on that film.

Captured with IMAX 3D cameras, the film takes audiences on a spectacular journey to the remote and wondrous world of Madagascar, where lemurs arrived millions of years ago as castaways. They’ve since evolved into hundreds of diverse species, but are now highly endangered.

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La familia was invited to watch Island of Lemurs: Madagascar to facilitate this post and giveaway. As always, our thoughts and opinions reman our own.


Back to School with etnies Kids

by Pattie Cordova
The kids have outgrown their Monster University etnies. They wore them until their little feet couldn't fit into them anymore! So we have moved up to some other amazing etnies that we got straight from the source - the etnies headquarters located in Lake Forest, California. We were invited to check out their facilities, learn about the design process and then meet Ryan Sheckler for a skating lesson. It was one of my favorite Summer afternoons with the chiclets.

We started our day by getting some new kicks - etnies Marana shoes. Logan totally scored with Marana Kids shoes in dark grey blue while Luca got Marana Toddler in black.

Marana Kids

Logan is six and wears a size 2. His shoes have a soft fabric on top, suede like, and with a padded tongue and collar. They also have a beefy tread designed to last by including both a traditional herringbone and car tire-like tread pattern. They're perfect for kids like him that like to run, play basketball and basically tear it up on the playground.

Marana Toddler

Luca is three years old and wears a size 10. He also gets to wear my favorite etnies (well... second favorite. I luv my etnies Scout). His little shoes are awesome because they have the "Grow with Me" features that are specifically designed and developmentally sound for toddlers (and walking experts).

Watch the video to find out more about the "Grow with Me" system:

We also had the immense pleasure of meeting etnies founder and owner, Pierre-Andre Senizergues. He shared with us some information about how he established etnies in 1986 as the first skateboarder-owned and operated global action sports footwear and apparel company.

etnies founder, Pierre-Andre Senizergues // livingmividaloca.com
Pierre-Andre Senizergues // etnies owner

And did you know that etnies created the first pro model skate shoe? They pioneered technological advances and changed the face of skateboard footwear forever.

It was also learn that etnies has stayed true to its roots by sponsoring a world class team of skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, moto x and BMX riders - including Ryan Sheckler!

Rick Marmolijo // etnies lead designer

Soon after, we walked into the etnies show room for a first-hand look at the etnies design process with etnies' lead designer - Rick Marmolijo, an array of etnies shoes and the opportunity for the chiclets to design their own shoes. 

The etnies design process // livingmividaloca.com #etniesKidsBTS

Then we were off to the etnies skatepark to meet Ryan Sheckler! The etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest is a public skatepark located in Lake Forest, California. It is also the largest FREE skatepark in the state, with an area of over 40,000 square feet. It's enormous, full of kids of all ages and skill level, and of course, teachers. It's open daily during the Summer from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

We met Ryan Sheckler and his mamí as soon as we got there. He was hanging out with some of the kids at the park and showing them some of his tricks. It was awesome listening to him talk about what it took to get there, the commitment that him and his parents had to put into the sport, and how happy he is to be doing what he loves. It was super inspiring, and amazing to my 6 year old kid to know that Ryan started skateboarding when he was his age!

I love that etnies is a proud sponsor of Ryan because it shows the commitment that the company has to skateboarding as a whole, not just the shoes & apparel that go with the sport.

Ryan Sheckler at etnies skatepark // livingmividaloca.com #etniesKidsBTS
Ryan Sheckler

Of course, I asked Ryan to sign my kid's shoes! He was such a sweetheart and signed both of their shoes, and even took a few minutes to chat and play with them.

Ryan Sheckler autographs shoes // livingmividaloca.com #etniesKidsBTS

Then the kids put on their gear for their skate lesson. They learned some basics, then with the help of some of the coaches, even did some "tricks." It was a great introductory lesson and the kids cannot wait to come back.

Kids skateboarding lessons in Orange County // livingmividaloca.com

Even the three year old! They have classes there specifically for his age. It's so awesome.

Kids skateboarding lessons at etnies skatepark // livingmividaloca.com

But of course, we couldn't leave without visiting the etnies factory store. They're currently having a buy one, get one 50% off sale on shoes and 50% off clothing. We scored two pairs of kids shoes and an etnies adult sweater for $108!

etnies factory store in Lake Forest // livingmividaloca.com #etniesKidsBTS
etnies Factory Store in Lake Forest

The etnies factory store is open to the public and located at 20161 Windrow Dr., Lake Forest, CA 92630-2404.

We are SO excited to be partnering with etnies Kids and giveaway a $250 shopping spree to etnies.com!! Don't care to take a chance? Use code ETNIESKIDS4U and get 25% off Kids products (excluding sale) through August! Such a deal because you can use it on shirts, sweaters, hats, and of course - shoes! Use it. A lot. Click the image below or visit bit.ly/etniesKidsBTS to enter the giveaway. ¡Buena suerte!

etnies Kids shoes giveaway

etnies Kids giveaway // livingmividaloca.com #etniesKidsBTS

Thank you etnies for inviting us to this awesome event and sponsoring this post. As always, thoughts and opinions remain my own. 


Kids love Peeps minis

by Pattie Cordova
My kids recently found a new favorite snack - Peeps minis! They come in four delicious flavors - chocolate créme, strawberry créme, sour watermelon and vanilla créme.

Kids love Peeps minis // livingmividaloca.com

Peeps minis were just recently introduced to the Peeps line so you can take the fun with you way past Easter. They're also fat free!

Peeps minis are true to size - mini! So I give the kids about 3-4 for a snack because they'll devour the whole bag if I let them.

They're super cute so I'm sure you could thrown them on any type of cake and make it pop.

Pick up a bag of Peeps Minis next time you see them. You won't regret it! And check out these two kids enjoying them for the first time - unscripted.

This is not a sponsored post. I received the product to facilitate this post. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.


Univision “Hasta el Fin del Mundo” airs on Monday August 18th

by Pattie Cordova
Now that "Lo Que La Vida Me Robo" has finished, I am looking for the next hot novela. So you'll catch me tuning in to Univision beginning Monday, August 18th to “Hasta el Fin del Mundo” (Until the End of Time).

I had the opportunity of catching the first episode before its premiere and I'm totally hooked. There is some drama happening with the mamás already - and we're only one episode in! So grab some chocolate and tune in to Hasta el Fin del Mundo every Monday on Univision. I'll be posting updates every week on this post to give you the scoop on the upcoming week. Enjoy... ¡novelera!

Hasta el Fin del Mundo novela // livingmividaloca.com #HastaElFin

“Hasta el Fin del Mundo” (Until the End of Time) Synopsis

Hasta el Fin del Mundo is a tale of three sisters in their quest for happiness and love that will take them until the end of time.

Sofia (Marjorie de Sousa), the oldest of three sisters, takes the helm of her family’s business, the Ripoll Chocolate Factory, after her father’s death. While engaged to a man who is ambitious and using her as a stepping stone, Sofia feels an immediate and mutual attraction to Salvador (Pedro Fernandez), a race-car driver who, due to some unfortunate circumstances, is working as her chauffeur.

The story revolves around the three sisters’ romances and their difficulties that create intriguing subplots. But the heart of the story is about Sofia and Salvador, who never tire of proving that in spite of the hurdles, love is possible, and that they can gain international recognition for Fabrica Ripoll and make everyone happy…until the end of time.


“Hasta el Fin del Mundo” premieres on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (8:00 p.m. Central) via Univision Network. It will air Monday-Friday in the same schedule.

UVideos and Univision.com will also feature exclusive content, cast interviews, photos and ongoing coverage as the drama unfolds.

Join the conversation regarding “Hasta el Fin del Mundo” on Twitter via @novelasyseries using the hashtag #HastaElFin, as well as comment along with others on Facebook.com/novelasyseries.

Until the end of time soap opera // livingmividaloca.com #HastaElFin


Week of Monday August 25 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
Betrayal and stolen kisses. Rebellion and sweet thoughts. Don’t miss all the drama stirring up in the chocolate factory this week every night at 9 p.m.


Back to School Must Haves for Kids

by Pattie Cordova
This is a sponsored post. 

I think I love back-to-school time just as much as my kid. It's the feeling of a new year without having to wait until January 1st. We get new shoes, clothes, accessories, and best of all - a clean slate at school.

I like to wait until the last possible moment to go back-to-school shopping. I think the best deals come at the end of Summer when all the stores are trying to get rid of their insanely cute products. All the hot trends are still in stores around this time, but at reduced prices! More bang for my buck, mami!

As in previous years, we headed to Westminster Mall to pick up some necessities for the kid. He's heading into first grade and has grown out of his t-shirts and needs some new accessories. While at Westminster Mall, we also checked out the must-haves for kids and we're sharing them with you! Stick around because there's also a $50 AmEx gift card giveaway at the bottom.


Icing has the coolest and biggest array of suspenders. Everything from rainbow animal prints to just plain black - they are sure to make your kid's outfits POP!

Kids suspenders at Icing // LivingMiVidaLoca.com
Store: Icing


Frozen is still ever so popular with the chicas (and chicos too)! Backpacks, purses and even umbrellas are a great way to incorporate Elsa and Anna into their every day school life.

Store: Koko

Skinny Jeans

The always popular skinny jeans are here to stay. This season, give them an update by sporting them in bright colors like these red and neon yellow ones.

Store: Crazy 8

Funky Accessories

One of the best parts of being a kid is being able to wear all kinds of funky jewelry. The ones at Icing take the cake... literally! I'm totally crushing on the rainbow spiky ball necklace.

Store: Icing


Whether your kid wants to go all out and don orange in a bright puffer vest or just a touch of orange accent in a sweater, orange is a stellar color this year. It's great year round, and especially on point for Fall.

Store: Crazy 8


Shaped backpacks catch a boy's attention and allows them to show the world some of their favorite characters and hobbies.

p.s. Rubik's cube rock.

Store: Hot Topic


One of the best patterns that go from Summer to Fall is plaid. This preppy-like pattern is made better when it comes in subdued colors like burnt orange, navy blue and gray.

Store: Old Navy

Graphic Tees

These type of t-shirts are versatile because they layer well and are the perfect amount of funky to a drabby blue jeans outfit. Best of all, they will last a whole year of boyness and still be relevant when they're passed down to younger siblings.

Visit Westminster Mall on Facebook at Facebook.com/WestminsterMall on Twitter at@ShopWestminster or on Instagram at Instagram.com/ShopWestminster.

Westminster Mall - Store Locations

1076 - Lower Level near Macy's

Crazy 8
1032 - Lower Level Between jcpenney and Sears

Hot Topic
2025A - Upper Level near jcpenney

1101 - Lower Level near jcpenney

Old Navy
2080A - Upper Level near Macy's 

The Children's Place
2062 - Upper Level near Sears

$50 American Express Gift Card Giveaway

We've shared eight of our favorite back to school trends, and now it's your turn to tell us your favorite trend! Leave a comment below and enter for a chance to win a $50 American Express gift card, courtesy of Westminster Mall. 

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I am a Simon Mall Correspondent. I received a gift card from Westminster Mall to facilitate my shopping. This post do not necessarily represent Simon Property Group's positions, strategies or opinions.


Uforia Musical Festival returns to Los Angeles

by Pattie Cordova
Y'all know I love a great party! Well last year, I went to the H20 Music Festival in Los Angeles and didn't leave 'til Pitbull shut it down. This year, H20 Music Festival is returning as Uforia Music Festival and just by looking at the lineup, it looks like it's going to be one heck of a dance fiesta!

Tickets to Uforia Musical Festival // #UforiaFest

Uforia Music Festival celebrates Hispanics who live in a bilingual, bicultural world. This amazing festival includes a series of Private Concerts and the Uforia Music Festival in Los Angeles. Previously announced artists include, Kid Cudi, Ludacris, J. Balvin, Nelly, Becky G La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, Camila, El Dasa, and Kid Ink.

La Arrolladora Banda El Limon, Camila and Kid Cudi will serve as headliners of the Uforia Music Festival and confirmed artists include J Balvin, Nelly, Becky G., Ludacris, Kid Ink and El Dasa.

Ticket pre-sale begins today through June 5th; General Admission tickets will be $29.50 and Preferred Viewing tickets will be available for $75.00. Regular General Admission and Preferred Viewing ticket sales begin on June 6th for $39.50 and $95.00, respectively. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by visiting Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone by calling 800-745-3000.

Uforia Musical Festival Performers // #UforiaFest

The official lifeline for up-to-date Uforia Music Festival announcements and artist confirmations is available at UforiaMusicFestival.com, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram via @UforiaFest. The official hashtag for the event is #UforiaFest.