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June 8, 2015

LEGOLAND® California


Our trip to LEGOLAND® California!…

YAY, I’m finally getting this post up after our fabulous visit to the 128-acre theme park on May 21st. We were so lucky to get to visit on opening day of the newest attraction at LEGOLAND® California, Heartlake City. Since Rexy’s Birthday was on May 6th, and it was his DREAM to visit the park, we decided to keep the trip a SURPRISE for the kids. This was so hard to do but so worth it to see their smiling/shocked faces that day!

We drove out to Carlsbad, California from our home in Scottsdale, AZ. It was a fun 6 hour road trip… the kids watched The LEGO® Movie on the way to the there. When we arrived to Carlsbad we were soooo pleasantly surprised. The town is just lovely, right on the sea, about 30 miles north of downtown San Diego and one hour south of Anaheim.

The next morning we arrived at LEGOLAND® California at 10:00 a.m., parked our car and headed into the park. There were no lines and from that point on it was the kids who did all of the navigating for the day!


One of the first things that Rex wanted to do was drive a lego car. So we headed over to Volvo Driving School. There are 2 different driving courses: 1 for children ages 3 through 5 and another for children ages 6 through 13 (Harper tried that one!) The kids LOVED driving their own cars and earning their official LEGOLAND drivers licenses (which they wore around their necks the entire day!)


Early in the morning we also visited LEGOLAND’S brand new attraction, Heartlake City. Harper was in HEAVEN! Each of the 5 Heartlake City LEGO® Friends Models is made out of 30,000 LEGO bricks. They are absolutely gorgeous and Harper had to have a picture with each of them! The kids rode the beautiful new carousel and we caught a live showing at The Friends Forever Stage that Harper just LOVED!


We took a break for lunch early in the afternoon at the Fun Town Market Restaurant. The market-style restaurant had something for everyone… pasta, salad bar, steak sandwiches, etc. We were all happy with our delicious meals, but like any amusement park, food is very expensive. I would suggest bringing a small cooler for extra water bottles, juice boxes, fruit, goldfish crackers, etc. That way you can cut down on the food expense at the park.

The rest of the afternoon we visited Dino Island, Explore Village, & Imagination Zone. On the day we visited LEGOLAND, the park unfortunately closed at 5:00 pm. There were several areas of the park which we did not have time to visit. I would highly recommend purchasing a 2 day ticket to the park. We also did not see the aquarium or the water park. Hopefully next time!

One of the areas of the park that the kids really enjoyed was Imagination Zone. They loved building their own LEGO cars which they got to race against other kids on the lego track. It was nice for my husband & I to just sit on a bench and watch while they really had some fun! We probably could have stayed in this area of the park for another hour had there been more time in the day.

Another fabulous thing about the park is all of the LEGO play areas. Ride lines at the park the day we were there were fairly short and quick. But for days when the lines get long, each ride has a lego play area in the center of the line so while parents wait in line, they can watch their kids can create/play. It is a life savor!

A bit of history about the park:
LEGOLAND California is the first theme park in the United States created by Danish toy maker, the LEGO® Company. LEGOLAND offers more than 60 interactive rides, shows and attractions, as well as restaurants, shopping and beautiful landscape features specifically geared for families with children ages 2 to 12. There are more than 30,000 LEGO® models in the Park created from more than 62 million LEGO bricks. Models range from a Brontosaurus named Bronte (made of more than 2 million LEGO bricks) to a tiny rabbit in a magician’s hat in Miniland Las Vegas made of just four bricks. Here are just a few of my favorite lego models:


We all REALLY enjoyed our trip to LEGOLAND® California and hope to return next year. I’d love to go during the summer as well when it is warm enough for the water park- it looks absolutely fantastic!

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August 14, 2013

Riudavets’ Avarcas

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably noticed Harper wearing these beautiful sandals all summer. They are GOLD Riudavets’ Avarcas and they have quickly become one of her favorite pairs of shoes! I love them for children because they slip on so fast and support feet enough for walks in the city as well as the beachside!

Riudavets’ Avarcas come in pretty much every color as well as men & women’s sizes too! What color is your favorite? …I am thinking about getting myself some white ones.

If you don’t know the history of Riudavets, it is super interesting…

The first Avarca has its origins in the Menorcan countryside. Menorca is a small island in the Spanish Mediterranean, where the land is dry and hard. Given these conditions, the Menorcan villagers needed shoes that were strong and flexible, yet simple in design. They soon found that Avarcas were the ideal shoes for this purpose, as Avarcas kept the villagers’ feet cool and comfortable.

Over time, Menorca’s economy changed. As farm tasks were mechanized, many laborers moved to the island’s towns in search of new trades. Bep de Binixems was one of these laborers. He is the grandfather of the third generation of José Riudavets SL, a family business and one of the key names in the history of Menorcan Avarcas. Binixems worked for many years on the farm before leaving the countryside to learn the trade of shoemaking.

Established in the late 1920s, and currently run by the third generation, this family business has always guaranteed authenticity, durability and a proper fit. The authentic Avarcas Riudavets of today still carry many characteristics of those worn yesterday: a classic tire sole, a fine suede inner lining, greased leather and a hidden border stitch.


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February 24, 2011

show us your BABY BUMP

Hi Shari!

My name is Kellie and my husband Jeremy and I are expecting our first baby, a girl, on April 26th! This is a picture of my bump taken at 30 weeks. We’re planning to name her Isla Harper. Isla is a lovely Scottish name we fell in love with and is pronounced “eye-la”. Harper (like your baby girl!) is after the author of my favorite book, Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. I have been so blessed with such a great pregnancy and haven’t been sick one day. Can’t believe it! The only things I really crave are fresh fruit, especially mangos and nectarines. I guess that’s a lucky craving to have! Don’t get my wrong, I definitely hear the occasional call of double stuffed oreos or the late night drive to Sonic for an ice cream blast!

We are busy getting little Isla’s room ready and my friends tell me I’ve gone a little crafting crazy! Nesting is definitely in full effect so I have lots of DIY projects going on! I document most of my projects on my blog that I’d love for you to check out.

I love Spearmint Baby and read it daily! Thanks for the inspiration!

Thanks, Kellie- i LOVE your little girl’s name! so glad you are you are having a relatively easy pregnancy. hopefully your labor will be equally smooth. be sure to share your birth store. can’t wait to see pics of Isla!
xoxo, Shari

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February 4, 2011

your weekend

are you a coffee drinker? i am pretty loyal to Dunkin Doughnuts. i can actually walk there from my house. i just drink regular coffee with a lot of cream & sugar. this week i was at Starbucks twice. there are always long lines and i like to listen to the fancy drinks people get. when it is my turn i am almost embarrassed to tell them that i just want a plain coffee with some room left on top so that i can add half & half and a few packages of equal. i think i need a new drink. what is your Starbucks drink?

is anyone else still working on losing baby weight? i worked out this morning while Harper was at preschool. it was my only day this week, but i managed to lose another pound due to healthy eating. at the beginning of the week i roasted 2 lbs of brussel sprouts and have been reheating them with all of my meals. i would still like to lose 10-11 lbs more.

on another note, i am really craving a double cheeseburger from Mcdonalds. i’m going to see if my husband will pick one up on his drive home from New York tonight. he usually gets home around 8:30-9:00 pm Friday nights.

this week i found out another one of my friends is having a girl. it will be her 3rd girl! i have 6 pregnant friends all expecting girls. i swear the next friend that gets pregnant will be having a boy. if i had 3 girls i think i would run out of name ideas….here is one of my lists before Rexford was born. and here is a fun name game i played a while back

a few more tidbits:

i stopped in at Homegoods this week and picked up a few things for my office.

i’m loving this pink pillow from Jonathon Adler. (& it’s on sale…hmmmmm)

isn’t Heidi Klum stunning in this video with Elmo?

my weekend recipe.

my older sister and brother in law are on an exotic island vacation. it looks spectacular!

love this DIY pinata.

do you have blogs that you read everyday? i LOVE discovering new blogs. i could literally read blogs all day long if i had the time. this week i found tales of a junkaholic. Artemis blogs about her charming life in London. her blog literally takes me to another place. (and i want her shed!)

spearmint wedding updates were lacking this week, however i did discover tree slice cake stands which I absolutely adore.

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December 10, 2010

your weekend


have you finished shopping yet? i am pretty much done shopping for Harper and Rexford. on Wednesday i wrapped 4 presents and i am just waiting for the rest of the things to come. i got all but 1 toy online this year. free shipping is a good enough reason for me to stay out of the stores.

Harper got a Tickle Me Elmo, Grover and Big Bird Puppets, 3 Sesame Street DVDs for the car, a Sesame Street potty attachment, a toy map of the United States that says the name of each state out loud, and a new convertible carseat. (i spent $130 because i had a credit from CSN stores for the carseat and potty attachment)

Rexford got a hand me down convertible carseat from Harper. i am going to get him a few little toys as stocking stuffers, and put some money into his college fund! (he is only 7 months so not aware of Christmas yet!)

a few posts you may have missed this week:

i’ve been trying new soups almost every weekend. this weekend i am making this one. (i cannot wait to use the acorn squash that has been sitting on my kitchen counter for the last month!)

i’m tempted to make this on Sunday morning, but it will really kill my diet. (i decided to start back up since i STILL have 12 lbs to lose 🙁

the perfect gift with personality for your best friend!

on Wednesday i made my tree skirt. (and i love these clothespins to display holiday cards!)

a Maldives photoshoot to drool over! check out this amazing hotel…the definition of paradise!

…and something about this winter wedding feels so cozy and wonderful to me.

a pretty treat for your Christmas party!

a wintry photo of The Great Wall since my husband is in China right now. it will be a lonely weekend without him!


have a wonderful, relaxing weekend! xo, shari

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