Staycation In San Diego...

Hello!! Today I want to share our recent staycation in San Diego. We like to visit San Diego at least once to twice a year maybe more if we can. The kids always get super excited when we are getting ready for this trip every year. One of the main reasons is they get to visit Sea World and of course the fact that get to stay in a "hotel". I don't know what it is about hotels that just get kids so excited. I guess its the new surroundings, pools and of course room service which I must agree with! Who doesn't love some good room service! We stayed at The Catamaran Resort and Spa for our second year.  We had such good time last year at this resort we wanted to come visit again. The Resort is located on Mission Bay.  They offer beachfront rooms and has a Hawaiian flare to it! The grounds are covered with beautiful tropical greens and florals everywhere. You can find Koi Ponds and the cutest ducks just waddling around. They even have the own mascots, The Talking Parrots. It's not an official name but it is what the kids started calling them. They offer Sunset Luaus every Tuesday and Friday. We had the opportunity to enjoy this last year and I would highly recommend it. It was such a fun show. The hotels offers multiple water sports and family activities like paddle boarding, sailing, kayaking, etc.

There is so much to do in San Diego that I didn't want to bombard the kids with too many planned activities. I'm a big planner and sometimes I can get carried away! Ha ha! Its nice to just relax at the beach and spend some family time just chilling!! We have just 2 short weeks till my kiddos are back in school and I will officially have a (2nd year) pre-schooler and a 2nd Grader!! Wowza! I'm not ready for summer to end but then again I'm never really ready.  

If you haven't had the opportunity to visit the Catamaran Resort and Spa its unlike any other hotel and I suggest you do and let me know what you think!! 

Thank you so much for reading and following along.

xx,

Lauren

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 Picking Shells on Mission Bay

Picking Shells on Mission Bay

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 &nbsp;This is so classic!! Brotherly love at its finest!!

 This is so classic!! Brotherly love at its finest!!

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 This was Jace's Favorite thing to do! &nbsp;Crawl all over the sand then rinse and repeat! haha!

This was Jace's Favorite thing to do!  Crawl all over the sand then rinse and repeat! haha!

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 James was so excited to all on his own!

James was so excited to all on his own!

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 Jace was getting so relaxed during our ride he turned around and started to fall asleep!

Jace was getting so relaxed during our ride he turned around and started to fall asleep!

 and...he's out!!

and...he's out!!

5 Things To Do With Kids During Summer!

Oh my gosh is it actually August! I know I say this every year, but "summer is flying by"! So typical but it really has flown by since fourth of July. I have been so busy with trying to entertain the kiddos and still keep up with life. I promise to be better at posting more consistently. There are some exciting new things coming to Lauren Reyes Blog very soon!! I'm super exciting to be working with new brands and new opportunities to arise.

Since summer is NOT quite over yet, I have rounded up a few of our favorite summer activities. If you live in the Orange County area then these places will be close to you or you can always find some similar local gems in your town. I feel like every city has a few. Huntington Beach Adventure Playground aka "The Mud Park", we have been coming here for a few years now. I would recommend ages 4 and up. This mud park is nothing fancy. It is old fashion construction play. There are 4 main activities wooden rafts, mud slides, rope bridge and multiple tree houses with building tools such as saws, hammers and nails. (Side Note: you do have to be 8 years old to do any sawing) It is shown that this type of play can stimulate critical thinking in your youngsters. Bonus!! The kids were enthralled with all the activities. 

Since I was only a "boy mom" I had never experienced this with my daughter. Let me tell you it was a whole new experience. She can get down and dirty with her brothers but she was a bit reluctant to get too dirty. Which I thought was so cute!! She even had a little boy invite her onto his raft to help her out.  AWWW!

You also want to bring a change of clothes, your own lunch and I would highly recommend a empty trash bag for all the kids dirty, muddy wet clothes. We always have a blast when we come and it was a success as usual. 

Another great summer must is the Movies on the Beach. What is summer without a movie on a blowup screen sitting on the BEACH! My favorite is Newport Dunes.  We try and do this every summer a few times. It is so simple and budget friendly for a fun family night out. Movies start at dusk so a perk is you get to see the sunset on the beach!

My next go to for summer is The Sawdust Factory in Upland. It is a hidden gem for sure. A one -of- a- kind place where kids can make woodcrafts. They can choose from different designs, handprint stencils (which is my personal fave) or customize anything. We love it here and try to visit at least twice a year. Christmas time is a very fun time here at The Sawdust Factory with so much to choose from. Ornaments, Angels, Tree Stands etc. They do book fast so call ahead to check for availability.

My last 2 Summer Picks are the petting zoo at Zoomars and  Pretend City Children's Museum in Irvine. We just visited Pretend City 2 weeks ago. It is a cute as I remember. There are Interactive Exhibits, Imagination Play, a Cafe and Mini Mall. My favorite was when the kids were all dressed in full Sushi Chef Gear. They were running the kitchen with dinner orders back and fourth. Hahah! If you have not been before I would take the kids for a fun day of play and make believe. Zoomars is a bit of a drive if you are not so close like we are. It is located in San Juan Capistrano. The cutest little beach town. You can also take the Amtrak up there for a quick 20 minute trip from Santa Ana.  Zoomars has been around for over 30 years and it has the cutest petting zoo with Kunekune Pigs, the sweetest sheep, llamas, cows and you can even feed the guinea pigs. In addition to the lovable animals there is a gold mining station, a train and ponies to ride. 

I hope you find this helpful and if you have not been to any of the places mentioned then hopefully you will take your kiddos and have some summer fun cause its NOT over yet!!

Thanks so much for reading!

xx,

Lauren

 

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   Here is the boy that helped Jules on the raft...

Here is the boy that helped Jules on the raft...


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Fourth of July!!

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! We just wrapped up our fourth of July. Spending time with family and friends at the annual parade, bbq-ing, swimming, and of course a good old fashion firework show. We usually will get some fireworks for the kids too just to do for fun in the neighborhood! This year I think my kiddos had too much fun! They all ended up passing out before the show began on Fourth of July. Luckily we got to see a show on Saturday too! 

I really love this time of year, It is my favorite holiday (next to Halloween of course!) It just gives me all those summer feels and reminds me of what we are really thankful for everyday! Freedom. We must remember to honor our troops who are and have sacrificed so much for our freedom! The historic holiday is a reminder of how grateful we are to be here and living in a country with so many opportunities! 

I found this pretty little number with all the ruffle loving ya need! haha! It is a poplin material and can be worn casual or dressed up with heels or wedges. Paired with a straw hat and your good to go!

I love the color and oh those ruffles! Did I mentioned it also has pockets! YES, pockets!! I think when ever I find a cute dress with pockets it is a definite win!

I hope you enjoy!

Thank you so much for reading!!

xx,

Lauren 

The One-Piece...

Hello My beauties!! I come to you on this lovely very hot Thursday! We have a heat wave beginning this week and it is gonna be hot one!! It is definitely feeling like summer here in Cali. Which brings me to my love for one-pieces! I have a one-piece obsession! This season their has been so many amazing one-piece suits that I just can't resist! This black and white one I'm featuring today has such a great silhouette. With a deep plunging neckline and side cutouts in just the right places! It is super comfortable and will be on repeat this summer! 

What are your go to summer swimsuits? I would love to know as I'm always on the hunt for new great swimsuits! 

I have linked a few additional cute one pieces I have been eyeing below! I hope enjoy and thank you for reading!!

 

XX,

Lauren

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 This swimsuit is sold out but a  similar one here   &nbsp; Cover up    Sandals

This swimsuit is sold out but a similar one here

 Cover up

Sandals

My Favorite Fourth of July Looks...

Hello my beauties, Is it really almost Fourth of July? The summer just began and yet it seems like it is flying by. We have been enjoying our summer lately. My two older kids just finished up there first week of swim lessons. My youngest Jace, will start up next week along with baseball camp for James. I hope you all are enjoying your summer. I would like to know do you guys do summer camps for your kids? I have mixed emotions when it comes to kid summer camps. So let me know your thoughts. I know many of you have BBQ's, firework festivities or beach parties this coming holiday weekend, so I put together my favorite festive pieces for your go to event!! I hope you enjoy!!

Thank you for reading!

xx,

Lauren


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