What I'm Streaming on Netflix: September 2014

by Pattie Cordova
Yay! It's a new month. That means I get to devour all kinds of new shows, movies and clips on Netflix. On top of my list of what I'll be watching is:

Parenthood (season 5) - I just started watching Parenthood (I'm currently on season 2) and it is as incredibly as everyone has said. I can't even imagine what season 5 is going to bring!

About a Boy (season 1) - I caught one episode while on a flight and haven't been able to really get into it. However, I think just binge watching the whole series will totally make it better. Plus, I love Minnie Driver.

Cool Runnings (1993) - Remember the first Jamaican bobsled team? I had totally forgotten about this film, but with the Jamaica trip last year, I really want to see this again - with the kids.

One Day (2011) - The lovely Anne Hathaway stars in this film. I haven't seen it yet, but I read that it's all about these two characters and their lives over a twenty year span. I'm watching it because I love everything that Anne is in.

Silver Linings Playbook (2012) - This tear-jerking movie will be available September 16th. It's by far one of my favorite Jennifer Lawrence films and the reason I watched all her other films. It's so funny, witty and just an all-around feel good movie.

What I'm Streaming on Netflix: September 2014 // livingmividaloca.com #StreamTeam

Here are some other awesome choices that you'll get during the month of September:

New Seasons of TV

About a Boy (season 1) (available September 14)
Arrow (season 2) (available September 14)
The Blacklist (season 1) (available September 7)
Bones (season 9) (available September 16)
Californication (seasons 1–7)
Comic Book Men (season 3) (available September 28)
Crash & Bernstein (season 2) (available September 10)
Criminal Minds (seasons 7–9)
Doomsday Preppers (seasons 1–3)
The Fosters (season 2) (available September 17)
From Dusk Till Dawn (season 1)
How I Met Your Mother (season 9) (available September 26)
The League (season 5) (available September 2)
New Girl (season 3) (available September 16)
Once Upon a Time (season 3)
Parenthood (season 5)
Parks and Recreation (season 6) (available September 26)
Revolution (season 2) (available September 22)
Trailer Park Boys (season 8)
The Walking Dead (season 4) (available September 28)
Zero Hour (seasons 1–3)

Other movies available

A Simple Plan (1998)
A Single Man (2009) (available September 11)
All Is Lost (2013) (available September 2)
Bad Grandpa (2013) (available September 27)
Barbershop 2: Back in Business (2004)
Being Mary Jane (season 1)
Beginners (2011) (Available September 16)
The Believers (1987)
The Blue Lagoon (1980)
Blue Ruin (2014)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Crocodile Dundee (1986)
Deadly Code (2013) (available September 10)
Dennis Miller: America 180 (2014) (available September 11)
Detention (2011)
Filth (2014) (available September 11)
Flubber (1997)
Girl Rising (2013)
Girlfight (2000)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Guess Who (2005)
Hoodwinked (2005)
Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie (2013)
Justin and the Knights of Valor (2013) (available September 13)
Kid Cannabis (2014) (available September 6)
Killing Them Softly (2014) (available September 30)
Le Week-End (2014) (available September 6)
Lords of Dogtown (2005)
Lullaby (2014) (Available September 29)
Mirage Men (2012)
The Moment (2013) (available September 11)
One Day (2011) (available September 16)
The Double (2014) (available September 25)
The Protector 2 (2013)
Refuge (2012) (available September 6)
School of Rock (2003)
Silver Linings Playbook (2012) (available September 16)
Small Apartments (2012)
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2013) (available September 9)
Your Sister's Sister (2011) (available September 6)
The Unbelievers (2013)
The Unknown Known (2014)
3 Days to Kill (2014) (available September 17)
3 Ninjas: Kick Back (1994)
3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up (1995)
3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain (1998)


15 Accounts You Need to Follow on Instagram (Southern California Version)

by Pattie Cordova
This is a sponsored post.

I love living in Southern California because I feel like everyone lives the Cali life in a different way. Some really amp up their green thumb and go all out with nature, gardening, etc. Others are all about the party scene and find the best clubs. Then there are familias who find the coolest places to check out with the chiclets. There are so many different ways to live la vida loca in Southern California, and with Instagram, I can live vicariously through them. 

15 Accounts You Need to Follow on Instagram (Southern California Version)

Below are my favorite 15 Instagram accounts that I follow because of their love for Southern California. There are literally thousands of users that post about their daily life in Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire and San Diego, but these 15 are my go-to because they capture every day life with such love, color and interesting views - and they're not all bloggers. 

I'm always on the lookout for cool Instagram people so drop your Instagram link below so I can go check out your account!

The list is not in any particular order. 

Ashley Stock
Life lessons of a momma-in-training. Capturing moments I hope to never forget. 

Jill Parkin
Mother. Designer. Artist. Blogger. Dreamer. Doing it all in the beautiful OC. iPhone only ❤

Sharon Garofalow
My name is Sharon and I have a life and style blog called Cupcakes and Cutlery. Welcome. I make things, I eat things, and I mother things. 

Kara Noel Lawson
{Love God. Love others.} Making ordinary life for my Hubby, 4 kiddos (7, 6, 3& 2) magical daily.

OC Events
We keep you posted on what events are happening and things to do in Orange County, CA 

Oh Joy
designer, blogger, food enthusiast, and mama to ruby | los angeles

Boi From Ipanema
Choco-Latino. Vlogger/Singer/Song writer/Dancer. I like food pics. Instagram addict since 2010 Twitter and Vine @boifromipanema

Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth

CATHERINE // 25 // CA // health & fitness lifestyle blogger
The Days
Inspiring families to live better lives. We believe that little moments have a big impact. #sandiego #familytravel

Richelle Paris
Five daughters. My baby boy lives with Jesus. Love my husband, my girls, thrifting, crafting, cooking and coffee. I praise the one who paid my debt.

Family travel writer & Certified Interpretive Guide from California. Play, play, write, play, take a trip, play, write.

Mary Tran
Follow Mary @LetsPlayOC Mom of 2 boys exploring #OC, local events, family fun, travel, food #iphone5 pix Twitter@LetsPlayOC Facebook.com/LetsPlayOC 

SoCal with Kids
Visuals of some of the fun we have in Southern California and beyond! 

Dariela Cruz
Mom and graphic designer. Living in San Diego, love photography, type, iced lattes, turquoise and anything sweet. 

Xenia G
Overgrammer and wanderluster. I like good food & good times. I do not have a carefully curated life. I take life as it happens #disneyland #travel

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How to make a smoothie with Nestlé Nido

by Pattie Cordova
This is a sponsored post. 

We have had an amazing Summer. However, here in Southern California it feels like we're right in the middle of it still - even though we're heading into September. So to combat the heat, we've been making smoothies left and right for our meals and snacks. 

How to make a smoothie with Nestlé Nido // livingmividaloca.com #AmazingKids #NestleNIDO

We love making smoothies at home because they are super simple to put together, extremely vegetarian friendly, and we get to top off our fruit and veggies intake! It also gets our diet back on track - especially after we've had our share of trips, excursions and activities these last few months. We ate our share of ice cream, fortune cookies and sourdough bread while in San Francisco, and then there was our meal at Denny's Diner where we devoured avocado sandwiches. Of course, I can't forget about the snacks that we had during our parties, like the "Reading under the Stars" get together and our Disney Jr. fiesta! Boy - we had an awesome Summer! And now, we need to get back on track.

So we partnered with Nestlé NIDO to introduce this easy-to-make powdered milk product to the kids. However, because the chiclets are not used to drinking cow milk, I decided to simply add it to a smoothie that is chock full of fruits and veggies.

Ingredients for Nestlé Nido smoothie // livingmividaloca.com #AmazingKids #NestleNIDO

Nestlé NIDO Kinder 1+ is a powdered milk beverage with 13 vitamins and minerals to help support your child’s healthy growth and development. NIDO 1+ also contains Prebio1, an exclusive blend of fiber. Fiber helps to maintain a healthy digestive system and keeps the kids "regular." It's also an easy way to ensure that kids are getting all the vitamins and minerals that they need!

Nestlé Nido smoothie // livingmividaloca.com #AmazingKids #NestleNIDO

The Logan Special 

featuring Nestlé NIDO KINDER 1+

Prep Time: 5 min
Servings: 4


1 cup spinach
2 cups strawberries
2 cups prepared Nestlé NIDO 1+
2 cups ice cubes
2 ripe bananas
cinnamon to taste


PLACE all ingredients in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately.

My six year old and I love making smoothies together, and it's even more fun when we get to create something for the first time! He also makes a hilarious kitchen partner which makes it even more entertaining. Check us out making "The Logan Special" with Nestlé NIDO KINDER 1+.

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Now that Summer is coming to an end, it's fun to look back and talk about some of our Summer memories. What about you? What's YOUR favorite Summer memory? Leave a comment below and you'll have the opportunity to win a $50 VISA gift card! ¡Buena suerte!

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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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Enter for a chance to win a $25 Sessions West Coast Deli gift card and try out some of their sandwiches, sides and other deliciousness!

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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.

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar Giveaway

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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.