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Treat Yo' Self: The Museum of Ice Cream is Coming to Los Angeles

Angelenos, get ready to scoop-up some family fun, the  Museum of Ice Cream is coming to  Downtown Arts District this April! The Museum of Ice Cream captivated a global audience with its unprecedented 2016 launch in New York City, selling out in five days and attracting a waitlist of over 200,000. So don't miss out...presale starts March 30th!

The LA location will be four times larger (sorry New York) and will showcase 10 completely reimagined installations. Interactive highlights include a “banana split” comprised of ten thousand "bananas", a mint "grow house", a room dedicated to California, a melted popsicle jungle and more. And get ready to take a dip in the iconic swimmable sprinkle pool - filled with one hundred million sprinkles that were custom designed and produced by Museum of Ice Cream! 

They've also curated the best selection of ice cream for all to enjoy and probably will make you scream for more! Throughout its residency, the Museum will showcase on rotation one “scoop of the week” from coveted creameries in California including McConnell's, Salt & StrawCoolhaus x Cuisinart and CREAM. Additionally, there will be a special mochi ice cream tasting from My/MoDOVE® Chocolate will be bringing the taste of their silky smooth chocolate to everyone - discover a “golden chocolate” and receive a “Winning Promise” to take home! 

There are even more chances to “win” in the Museum, “claw” your way to prizes from lolli in the rainbow sherbet installation. To heighten the olfactory and taste experience, the Museum worked with the scientists at International Flavors & Fragrances to develop ice cream inspired scents and flavors. All of these experiences lead to the unveiling of over 30 new shoppable ice cream products including custom sprinkles, scoopers, kadima, ping pong table and more! 

This is gonna be so much fun...just look at the highlights from the NYC location...

Where: 2018 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021 
When: April 22 - May 29 
Hours: Wednesday-Monday 11AM-10PM/Tuesday Closed
Admission: $29 per person/$18 Children (3-12) and Seniors (60+)

Not in LA? The Museum of Ice Cream will be opening in new locations this year and more in 2018. Make sure to follow @museumoficecream (#museumoficecream) and sign-up on their website for the latest updates. 

CityMoms - Changing the Way We Play

When Caiden was in his toddler years, he loved going to his weekly structured play-activity. But now that I have two boys, who are five years apart, it's been harder to commit to one specific day/time for Ronan...and I feel so guilty. Plus, there's so much more activities and programs out there compared to six years ago...it's overwhelming!

A Magic Forest

When I got introduced to the CityMoms app, I knew it was going to be a game-changer. The app is free to download and it becomes a personalized search engine for you to discover the best local activities. You can search for daily activities, reserve your spot, and pay directly through the app. I was even able to book an hour before class started - awesome feature for busy parents! You can pay for individual activities a la carte or save money by subscribing to their membership program.

Art Zone

CityMoms also hosts FREE Welcome play dates - which is a great way to introduce you and your kid(s) to different activity options. The app has been a wonderful experience for me - it's convenient, easy to use, and we get to PLAY in different places throughout the city! 

If you're in the LA/OC area and want to try CityMoms, make sure to download the app and use my promo code happymess for 50% off your first month's membership! 

Baila Baila

Nuby Fruitsicles {Giveaway}

When it comes to frozen treats, I prefer to make them for my boys so I can sneak in all the good stuff. Shhh. I also know exactly whats inside, which means - less sugar and no artificial junk to worry about. That's why I was excited to try the new Nuby Fruiticles for Ronan! The popsicle molds are recommended for 6+ months and unlike my other molds, the design fits perfectly with his small hands and the BEST part...it catches the drips as it melts. 

Lately I've been making smoothies using Kefir, since benefits include a rich source of calcium, protein, B-vitamins, probiotics, and more! For this post I wanted to give the boys all the healthy benefits in frozen form, making them a Kefir Pop with mangoes, figs, and chia seeds. They were a hit without the mess! 

Kefir Smoothie Fruitsicles

1/2 cup of Plain Kefir
1 cup Frozen Mangoes
1 teaspoon Chia Seeds
1/4 cup Frozen Figs
*Honey to taste*

Blend all the ingredients, pour into the Fruitsicles container molds (do not fill to the top) and freeze. 

Shop the Nuby Fruitsicle Ice Pop Molds here:http://amzn.to/2nbqnV4  at Amazon. Each mold includes 4 molds with handles and a freezer tray. 

Want to WIN Fruiticles for your kid(s)? Enter the Giveaway below and for more entries, head over to my Instagram page! 

Why I Chose a Dual-Language Program for My Child

Happy Spring! We're getting closer to the end of the school year and Caiden says he's ready to be in First grade, but I'm not. My baby is growing-up too fast! While many of our friends are still deciding between schools; debating Public or Private; and weighing out the different program philosophies, I wanted to share why we chose Spanish Immersion for him.

For me, it's VERY important that I introduce a second language to my boys at a young age. I was born in L.A. to immigrant parents from Bali and since they wanted to work on their English, they felt it wasn't necessary for me to speak Indonesian. But studies show that once you're fluent in two languages, you can easily learn more...let's just say, high school Spanish would have been easier for me to learn! Also, Danny grew up speaking Spanish (he's half Peruvian) and it helped him land a job in the Entertainment Industry. We now live in a world where - the more languages you speak - the more opportunities you get AND that's what I want for my kids!

We decided on a school that offers a dual language program using the 90:10 model, which means Kindergarten starts with 90% of academics taught in Spanish while 10% English is added each school year until it reaches 50% Spanish/50% English in 4th. and 5th. grade. The benefits include the ability to read, write, and speak in English and Spanish by the time he graduates elementary school.

Since he started the program in Transitional Kindergarten, I've gotten a lot of questions from parents regarding our experience. To be in honest, we've had struggles - it's not easy (thank you Google translator), but we're seeing the benefits. It amazes me that he's starting to understand and think in two different languages. He's also becoming culturally aware of his surroundings and having a positive attitude towards it...it's a win, win for me!

We know he'll be a little behind in English reading but he'll catch up. A mom friend inspired me to start a Pinterest board called "Mommy Teacher," so I'm pinning phonic activities to work on this Summer. As a mom raising mixed-raced kids (Indonesian, Peruvian, Russian), I feel so fortunate that this program is available and gaining popularity across the nation. Have you thought about a dual language program for your kid(s)?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland at Legoland CA

The FORCE grew stronger at Legoland California last week as they unveiled their newest LEGO model display, Star Wars: The Force Awakens Miniland. The new display depicts six LEGO scenes that represent the first 30 minutes of the film including: Kylo Ren's capture of Poe on planet Jakku; Rey's rescue of BB-8; Poe and Finn's escape from the Star Destroyer Finalizer; The wreck of Finn and Poe's TIE Figher; Rey, Finn and BB-8's escape from Niima Outpost; and the escape from the Starship Graveyard. These LEGO scenes and characters come to life with the help of lights, sound effects and animation!

How cool is this...
The 16-foot-long Star Destroyer Finalizer is made out of more than 350,000 LEGOS!

I took my youngest Padawan with me to the unveiling and we had a blast...check out the fun on my YouTube! And yes, I had a hard time leaving Lego Darth Vader because Ronan just wanted to battle him.

Oh, and stay tuned...I'll be sharing my Toddler Friendly guide, soon!

Dining with Nibble + Squeak

If you're a FOODIE like me, then you're gonna LOVE the concept behind Nibble + Squeak . Nibble + Squeak hosts food events in cities across the nation offering a unique dining experience for parents with pipsqueaks. They work with restaurants to create a comfortable environment for families by reserving private rooms with custom menus and providing baby essentials like high chairs, changing mats and stroller parking. You actually get to enjoy a "no stress" meal while mingling with other parents. But most importantly, no one will be giving you "that look" if your kids start to cry! 

Sounds amazing, right?!

A few weeks ago, Nibble + Squeak made its debut in Los Angeles and I got a chance to dine with my boys at one of my favorite restaurants, A.O.C.  It's been years since I've been there, so it was first time dining at their current space - they've relocated about four years ago. 

My boys and I had a great time dining with new friends! Each family received a swag bag filled with coloring pages to keep them busy and a few snacks from Plum Organics. There was also a photographer who documented the gathering. 

Our three-course meal started with a nice glass of wine, which I got to enjoy since my boys were busy playing with other kids. We enjoyed shared meals like the farmer's plate, Spanish fried chicken (highly recommend) and thanks to MommyNearest, kids EAT FREE! 

For more information and to find out when's the next Dining Event, visit www.nibbleandsqueak.com.

Their bellies were nice and full! 

Big City Moms:Biggest Baby Shower EVER

The other night I attended my first Big City Moms Biggest Baby Shower Ever event and let me tell you, I wish I went when I was pregnant with my boys...that's how good it was! No, I'm not expecting child #3, but I love scooping out the latest and greatest baby gear + accessories. Big City Moms has this event across the country throughout the year, have you been? 

They showcase the best companies in the baby industry and if you're a new parent, its a great place to test out products and speak directly to the brand representatives with any questions or concerns. Oh! and you get chances to WIN products (like a brand new stroller) and you leave with amazing SWAG! 

Scroll down to check out some of my findings from the Los Angeles event! 

Big Fan of Fantastic Donuts

Jill Simonian has a great book for new MOMS!
You read it correctly! Now where was this when my boys were babies! 

Customize Stokke Steps, the seating system that grows with your baby. 

Tula offers cute prints for their carriers. 

We love Babyganics...stay tuned for a GIVEAWAY! 

If you're expecting or know someone who is, make sure to find out if the #BiggestBabyShower is heading to your city! 

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