Endless Summer at La Jolla’s Pantai Inn

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Now offering End-of-Season Savings, the Enchanting Seaside Inn’s Idyllic location Create the Perfect Recipe to Keep Summer Going All Year Round!

Although summer inevitably must come to an end each year, the iconic Pantai Inn provides a highly sought-after loophole.  In beautiful La Jolla, year-round California sunshine and warm, flat autumn waters meet Pantai Inn’s ideal location to create that summertime escape, no matter what month (or season) it says it is on the calendar.

Casual water recreation lovers will rejoice over La Jolla’s characteristically calm, warm waters, ideal for taking in the stunning coastline while kayaking, stand up paddling, snorkeling, sailing or biking. Other natural entertainment abounds, as the Inn is just a short jaunt from La Jolla’s coastal Children’s Pool, tide pools and beautiful beaches, and is situated just across from the rocky outcropping that is a known favorite sunbathing refuge for sea lions and harbor seals.
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For travelers more inclined to enjoy large attractions, San Diego has a seemingly never-ending supply of theme parks, museums, performing arts venues and night life (including the world famous San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park). With roughly 260 days of sunshine per year and an average temperature of 70°F, there is no such thing as a bad time to go.

Pantai Inn’s one-of-a-kind architecture and dedication to creating a luxurious home-away-from-home makes it the ideal getaway spot year-round, a veritable oasis on the iconic California coastline that can’t be beat. Whether for business travelers, lovers of the great outdoors, families, couples, or groups of friends looking for that next great adventure, there is simply no better place to make an autumn or wintertime escape as the temperature cools down.

To sweeten that summer-in-fall escape, save 25% on Sunday through Thursday rates from now until November 16, 2017 with code SAVE25.

Photo above credit: Pantai Inn.

About the Pantai Inn
The Pantai Inn’s distinct guest accommodations blend a unique Balinese-inspired décor with luxurious comforts and contemporary conveniences.  The relaxing oceanfront retreat offers a lush garden setting with soothing water features and an inviting courtyard to stimulate the senses.
Offering a variety of accommodations from ocean view studios and one-bedroom suites to three-bedroom cottages, the Inn is perfect for romantic getaways or family vacations.  Whatever the occasion, the Pantai experience is completed by the warmth and authenticity of the Inn’s extraordinary guest service.   Ranked as a top hotel in La Jolla by TripAdvisor, the 30 room Pantai Inn is located in the charming seaside village of La Jolla and is steps away from the finest restaurants, boutiques and galleries the area has to offer.  The Pantai Inn is located at 1003 Coast Blvd, La Jolla CA, 92037. For information and reservations call toll free 855.287.2682 or visit www.pantai.com.               

 Credit: Pantai Inn. Photos: SoCal City Kids (except for the logo).

Save on the Things You Crave While Giving Back!


Whether you’re looking to get something for yourself or someone else, how about a gift that gives back? With tons of websites offering “daily deals”, CraveOn takes it a step further by offering deep discounts then uses a percentage of the purchase to give back BIG to the community by helping charities and disabled veterans in need.

So many stories of men and women who have fought for our freedom go untold. CraveOn is changing that. Each month, customers can learn about a U.S. veteran’s amazing story of survival and the struggle they now face living with a disability. With every purchase, 25% of profits go to the sponsored vet to help pay for expensive medical bills, or to help them just take a break. As if that weren’t enough, CraveOn also supports a charity of the month, giving 10% of their profits to a local or national nonprofit.

CraveOn not only gives back to those in need, but they also offer amazing deals on products that customers want. Adding new products daily, there’s a wide selection to choose from, whether you’re looking for chic boutique items, smart gadgets, unique handmade gifts and gadgets or must-have kids items.

CraveOn was developed by a husband and wife team who know firsthand about dealing with the emotional, physical and financial strains of having a disability. Gail Buhler’s husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis nine years ago and has been in a wheelchair for the past six years. Understanding the needs of families with disabilities, CraveOn was born.

CraveOn is revolutionizing the way online business is done with their model that incorporates compassion with commerce! Not only do they believe in giving you a great deal, they believe in giving a great deal that keeps on giving.


For more information, visit http://www.craveon.org.

Credit: CraveOn. No compensation was received to post.

The Adventures of Tabitha and Sparky


Title: The Adventures of Tabitha and Sparky | Author: R.W. Deane | Illustrator: Dana Halbert | Publisher: Yellow Iris Press | Pages: 98 | Recommended Ages: 8+


Purchase Links


Amazon.com | Chapters


About the Book

This is a delightful story of the unlikely friendship between a cat and a dog. A story comprised of poems and adventures. Tabitha is a very curious cat, always eager to find out about things that are often none of her business, which continually gets her into trouble. Sparky, on the other hand, is more sensible and reliable, and between the two of them they share many adventures which teach life long lessons.

Credit:  R.W. Deane. This book has not been reviewed.

Ace Announces March 31 Days of Color Celebration!

Yesterday, Ace Hardware, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world, launched 31 Days of Color, an integrated color experience designed to inspire consumers to discover a new passion for color. This brand new month-long consumer program showcases Ace’s color expertise by featuring daily paint color selections alongside expert design advice and daily giveaways, as well as a nationwide paint makeover sweepstakes.

“Color is an integral part of the design in any space of the home, and by highlighting one unique color each day, consumers have the opportunity to experience the vast range of colors available at Ace in a new and exciting way,” said Ace’s Design Expert Katie Reynolds. “31 Days of Color is an opportunity for consumers to take advantage of Ace’s know-how in color through an interactive online program designed to assist them in discovering new color inspiration and design ideas.”

31 Days of Color Calendar
Every day in March, Ace is unveiling a “Color of the Day” selected from Ace’s exclusive Clark+Kensington® and Valspar® paint lines. Consumers can discover the daily color starting at 12 p.m. EST each day via an interactive 31 Days of Color Calendar atwww.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor.

  • Daily Colors: The daily colors include a combination of on-trend and classic colors, as well as select colors from the OPI Color Palette by Clark+Kensington. Each daily color is also paired alongside inspirational photo galleries featuring stunning images inspired by home décor, nature, beauty and fashion.
  • Expert Tips: Ace’s Design Experts, Reynolds (Atlanta, Ga.) Julie Richard (Boston, Mass.) and Nathan Fischer (Orange County, Calif.) and Valspar’s Color Strategist, Sue Kim, are providing daily color and design tips.
  • Blogger Projects: The calendar also includes links to DIY blogger projects in the featured paint colors in an effort to encourage consumers to take on colorful projects of their own.

“31 Days of Color was designed to inspire consumers and help them identify the right color to transform their space,” said Kim, Valspar Color Strategist. “We’re excited to share new colors each day, along with design tips, to complement every consumer’s personal style and give them the confidence they need to create a colorful space of their own!”

Paint Makeover Sweepstakes, Daily Paint Giveaways & In-Store Savings
Consumers also have the opportunity to bring color to life within their homes through a paint makeover and daily Ace gift card sweepstakes, daily paint sample giveaways, and in-store promotions.

  • Paint Makeover Sweepstakes: Consumers can enter the 31 Days of Color Sweepstakes online at www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolorevery day in March. The winner will receive a $10,000 paint makeover, including a custom, in-person room design and color consultation by an Ace Design Expert, as well as the paint, supplies, labor and furnishings to complete the look in their home. Additionally, Ace is giving away a $50 Ace gift card to one entrant every day in March.*
  • Daily Paint Giveaways: Each day Ace is also giving away 1/2 pint paint samples in the day’s featured color to the first 1,000 eligible visitors who go to www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor and submit the entry form. The first 1,000 entrants will receive a package with the paint sample, a mini paint tray, roller and coordinating color swatches, as well as a $5 coupon off their next gallon of paint at The Paint Studio at Ace.**
  • In-store Savings: Participating Ace Hardware stores across the country have also joined 31 Days of Color by offering custom-tinted pint color samples in any color for just $0.99 during the month of March, regularly $4.99.*** In addition, from March 25-March 29, participating Ace stores are offering buy one, get one free on all gallons of interior and exterior Royal® and Clark+Kensington® paint — a savings of up to $71 when you buy two.****

Personalized Color and Design Advice
Ace and Valspar will extend their expert color advice to consumers across the country during two Facebook chats. Consumers will be given the unique opportunity to share their questions about color and design and receive personalized tips from Reynolds and Kim. In addition, consumers that ask a question on the designated post during the chats will be automatically entered to win a $100 Ace gift card.*****

  • Facebook Chat with Ace’s Design Expert Katie Reynolds: Wednesday, March 4 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST on Ace’s Facebook Page atwww.facebook.com/acehardware
  • Facebook Chat with Valspar Color Strategist Sue Kim: Friday, March 13 from 1 – 2 p.m. EST on Ace’s Facebook Page atwww.facebook.com/acehardware

For more information on 31 Days of Color, Clark+Kensington, Valspar or Ace’s Design Experts, please stop by your neighborhood Ace or visitwww.thepaintstudio.com.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN A PRIZE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 48 CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (VOID IN ALASKA, HAWAII, PUERTO RICO, GUAM, THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS AND OTHER U.S. TERRITORIES) WHO ARE HOMEOWNERS AS OF 3/1/15 AND AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. Begins 3/1/15 at 12:01 am ET and ends 3/31/15 at 11:59 pm ET. See Official Rules at www.thepaintstudio.com for additional eligibility restrictions, prize descriptions/restrictions/ARVs, odds disclosure and other details. Sponsored by Ace Hardware Corporation.

**See Promotion Rules at www.thepaintstudio.com/31daysofcolor for eligibility requirements and other details.

***Limit 4 total. Color samples must be tinted in unique colors. Offer valid at participating Ace stores March 1 through March 31 only. Prices may vary.

**** Buy One, Get One Free Offer Limits: Limit two free gallons per household. Free gallons must be of equal or lesser value and the same brand as purchased gallons. Offer valid at participating Ace stores Wednesday, March 25 through Sunday, March 29 only. Store stock only. See store for details.

*****Watch facebook.com/acehardware for details and Official Rules. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook. Sponsored by Ace Hardware Corporation.

About Ace Hardware
For more than 90 years, Ace Hardware has been known as the place with the helpful hardware folks in thousands of neighborhoods across America, providing customers with a more personal kind of helpful. In 2014, Ace ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Home Improvement Retail Stores, Eight Years in a Row,” according to J.D. Power. With more than 4,800 hardware stores locally owned and operated across the globe, Ace is the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the world. Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Ace and its subsidiaries currently operate 17 distribution centers in the U.S. and also have distribution capabilities in Shanghai, China; Panama City, Panama; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its retailers’ stores are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and approximately 60 countries. For more information on Ace, visit www.acehardware.com.

About Clark+Kensington
Clark+Kensington, a premium line of paint+primer in one, is available exclusively at Ace Hardware and was recommended by a leading consumer magazine in recent tests of interior paints. The paint line features designer-selected hues that cover the entire color spectrum and offers simple color selection tools to help customers find their perfect color.

About The Valspar Corporation
The Valspar Corporation (NYSE: VAL) is a global leader in the paint and coatings industry. Since 1806, Valspar has been dedicated to bringing customers the latest innovations, the finest quality and the best customer service in the coatings industry.

About The Paint Studio at Ace
Designed to help homeowners find the perfect paint color, The Paint Studio at Ace features eye-catching color racks, unique pullout drawers and easy to use color cards to simplify the color selection process. Paired with the helpful service and knowledgeable advice customers can expect from Ace associates, The Paint Studio at Ace provides a world-class paint experience right in consumers’ neighborhood hardware stores. Available at participating locations.


Credit: Ace Hardware. No compensation was received to post.

Serenading Your Valentine in 6 Easy Tips!!


Want to take a risk and go all out romantic for your Valentine? Why not Serenade them?  While some may feel it’s a very risky move, it’s also hugely romantic when done right. Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™, has put together tips for seranading your Valentine…the old fashioned way.

Here are 6 tips for pulling off a great serenade:


1. Be sincere- Don’t make a joke out of your serenade. Give it 110%. That way your Valentine doesn’t have to feel insecure about getting all googly and melty in response to it. If you think it’s a joke, it won’t be romantic and come off insincere. Sing from your heart and be honest with your emotions.


2. Pick a great song– Whether you write the song or sing someone elses tune, make sure your song choice fits with your voice and is appropriate with the Valentine’s Day theme. Feel free to personalize a song that is all ready written by adding your Valentine’s name or any other bits of info he/she will like.


3. Pick a great location– If your Valentine is the shy type, don’t bring out the ukulele in front of all her/his friends- keep the performance private so that he/she can relish the moment without feeling self conscience.  On the other hand, if she/he is really comfortable in public, see if you can get hold of a microphone at a big event you are taking him/her to…and sing away!


4. Organize your accompaniment– Whether it is to be sung acapella (without music accompaniment), with a banjo, or a chamber orchestra, figure it out. Maybe you know someone who can play for you while you sing if you can’t pick up a guitar yourself. If not, you can always sing to a karaoke cd.


5. Memorize the piece– You should spend your time looking into your Valentine’s eyes, not glued to notes or lyrics on a piece of paper. You don’t want to miss their reaction.


… And finally as always...


6. Make sure you warm-up your voice beforehand so that you can give the best possible performance. You’ll only get one shot to melt his/her heart with your song. Make sure you are singing with a clear tone and not warming up and clearing your voice throughout your performance, be ready!


Want to find out how your serenading is sounding before you sing to your Valentine? Sign up for Your Vocal Assessment  on voicelessonstogo.com. Just upload a link to or mp3 of your voice with your questions, and Ariella will get right back to you with her feedback.

About Voice Lessons To Go

Founded in 2004 by Ariella Vaccarino, “Voice Lessons To Go” offers quality vocal training products at an affordable price for both the professional and aspiring vocalist. Ms. Vaccarino is an accomplished Opera singer, has performed on numerous movie soundtracks, and has been teaching voice and piano for over 20 years in the Los Angeles area. For more information about “Voice Lessons To Go” or Ms. Vaccarino, please visit voicelessonstogo.com.

Credit: Ariella Vaccarino, creator of Voice Lessons To Go™.

Madrona Manor’s Dream Wedding Sweepstakes

Madrona Manor Dream Wedding Sweepstakes - Flyer

The sweepstakes ends on 2/13/15.

A group of Sonoma Wine Country’s most prestigious wedding professionals have come together to announce the launch of the Madrona Manor Dream Wedding Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which begins November 1st and runs through January 31,
2015, gives participants an opportunity to win a Sonoma County dream wedding package complete with a
bridal suite at Madrona Manor, a professional photographer, floral arrangements, and other luxury

Self Disclosure: No compensation was received.  Credit: Madrona Manor

A Wine Country Inn & Restaurant 1001 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California 95448

(707) 4334231
or www.madronamanor.com

Time for the Pumpkin Patch!

October 10-30Pick out a special gourd at the Bob and Joanne Cottone and Sons Pumpkin Patch, at 21573 Madrona Avenue, located at Del Amo Fashion Center next to Black Angus Restaurant. The pumpkin patch also features bounce houses, a petting zoo, pony rides and, of course, pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They also carry straw bales, corn stalks, Indian corn, gourds, handmade crafts and all your different colored squash for harvest decorating. It is open daily from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Halloween Time Family Media Day!

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This past Saturday, my family had the opportunity to attend  a Halloween Time Family Media Day at our favorite amusement parks…Disneyland and California Adventure! I love Halloween time there with the Halloween decor and family friendly fun! This time of the year, Jack Skellington takes over the Haunted Mansion and he also was part of the Halloween Time Family Media Day Party! We loved the photo opportunities with characters such as Mickey, Minnie and Jack!  There was also fun dancing games for the kids and tasty treats!

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We also hit both parks and went on too many rides to count! It was a hot day but Disneyland is always a fun place to be! One of our favorite rides of the day was the Halloween Mansion. We just love when Jack Skellington takes it over every Halloween! We ended our fantastic night with a bang…fireworks of course and Pineapple Dole Whips!


Self Disclosure: I received an invite to the Halloween Time Family Media Day but any opinions expressed are honest and my own. Photos: SoCal City Kids.