San Diego International Boat Show + Giveaway!

Good morning friends! It’s almost the weekend!

My kiddos get out of school next week and I have been scrambling to figure out what they are going to do for the next 12 weeks. For me it’s a delicate balance of spending time exploring with the kiddos, and some fun camps for them so I can still get some work done and make sure they aren’t in front of their ipads all day. That has NEVER happened, I swear! ; ) There is just so much to do in San Diego normally, and during the summer months the fun seems to just be amped up.

 

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San Diego Boat Show

 

One of the cool activities this gorgeous city has to offer is the San Diego Boat Show. I know, you are probably thinking I don’t need another yacht, so why do I need to go to a boat show? Well here are the top 5 reasons, besides me being there which should be reason enough:

  1. It’s over Father’s Day weekend making it a great family activity!
  2. The Boat Show is under new ownership, and there are so many cool activities planned including stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and live entertainment.
  3. Boaters can sharpen their skills at workshops and seminars presented by experts, educators, and adventurers.
  4. The Food and Drinks! There will be a variety of popular food trucks, a floating Tiki Bar, and an Anchors and Ale Beer Garden.
  5. You can win a family 4 pack of tickets and go for FREE right here, a $60 value!

Come out and say hi!

The  Giveaway :

The giveaway will run for 1 week starting today and closing on June 9.

The winner will be announced on Friday, June 9!

To enter, just leave a comment below about why you want to go to the San Diego Boat Show!

Show Details:

When: Thursday through Sunday, June 16-19, 2016

Where: Spanish Landing Park, East.

Admission: $15- Adults (16 years and older), Children under 12 are free.

www.SanDiegoInternationalBoatshow.com

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Don’t forget to enter to win tickets!

Until next time!
Betsy

 

Memorial Day Weekend Happenings. 

Hey guys! Happy Tuesday! I seriously feel like I’ve been hit by a bus! I don’t know about you, but whenever we have a Monday holiday I am always totally off kilter for the rest of the week.

On Saturday we ran some errands, had a birthday party to go to, and in preparation for a family wedding on Sunday, I had this gem come to my house. She does an awesome job, and you literally walk out your door, get a tan, and go back inside. Brilliant! Plus the club beats bumping from the bus is an added bonus.

 

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Spray Tan Bus

 

Sunday morning I got my ass whooped at a boot camp class, and then grabbed coffee with a girlfriend. I think it’s really important to carve out time with my girlfriends. It reminds me that I am more than a mommy! Then I got to spend the rest of the day getting glammed for the wedding. It takes a LOT of work to clean me up!

Yesterday was very slow going (imagine the sloth from Zootopia) that was me yesterday. I was so tired from the wedding bonanza, and the little sleep we got that night. I was able to make it out of the house for food, of course and to hit up the grocery store. Our friends came over for dinner and I made tomato basil soup and a make your own grilled cheese bar. Yummy! Dinner turned out really well. I will have the soup recipe and details up on the blog soon.

Also, keep your eye out this week for my first Giveaway on the blog!

Woohoo! I’m legit now!

Until next time,

Betsy

My little A-ha!

Happy Monday!

Said no one ever!

I hope you had a great weekend! I wanted to share our weekend, and a little A-ha moment I had.

It seems like we eat out every meal but breakfast on the weekends, so I wanted to have a nice home cooked dinner on Friday. I made spaghetti and meatballs, and a spaghetti squash for myself. It was REALLY good. I can’t wait to share this recipe with you all this week!

Saturday morning we hit the ground running! 8:00am Baseball game, 10:00 Cardio session, and a 12:00pm Tball game. The little guy couldn’t quite hang by the end!

Every year, our kids’ school has a fundraiser and auction. One of the the auction packages was a tour of our local fire department, and dinner with the fire men. I was a little disappointed when it turned out to be a family event, and the “firemen” weren’t really strippers, but I guess this was fun too : )

Just kidding! The kids had the time of their lives!

They made us the traditional San Diego Fire Department meal; a taco salad.

And let me tell you, it was SO good. I will definitely be making this for the family in the future! They grilled up hot dogs for the kiddos.

Sunday we had a birthday party, and some errands to run. Just so you know, I did NOT touch 1 single donut. And can we take a minute and look at these balloons. I mean, is this guy some sort of balloon wizard?  I’m in total awe, and a maybe little freaked out by that creepy face on Luke Skywalker.

This weekend was jam packed with kid’s activities, and a few weeks ago I would have easily blown of the gym, and my diet (those donuts!) because it would be such an easy excuse. But here’s the weirdest thing.

I didn’t and I WANTED to go to the gym!

I was actually looking forward to it and made sure to carve out time for it this weekend. Who am I?

I may or may not have mentioned to everyone at tball:  “Yea, I just worked out.”

I was so proud of myself! I am taking this journey one day at a time, and today I feel great!

Until next time.

Betsy

Doing Disneyland Flabulously

Over the long weekend we made a last minute decision to head up to Disneyland for a few days. We have a love/hate relationship with Disneyland. In our minds we picture our happy children frolicking through Tomorrowland singing our praises and thanking us profusely for spending way too much money on tickets and a hotel. In reality it’s almost always hot as balls, the kids are either complaining, fighting, or generally pissed, and my husband and I basically want to shoot ourselves. That said, we still go several times a year because we are clearly gluttons for punishment. I wanted to share my top tips and suggestions to make your next trip flabulous.

  1. Do not bring your children along.IMG_0329
  2. Pack snacks because Disneyland does allow outside food and drinks. Also, if you weren’t able to find a hotel deal that includes breakfast (Always check online for AAA discounts!), pack breakfast. It will keep the early risers happy, if you decided to bring them along, and you will save lots of $$$$ and time eating in your room.
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  3. Look cute but be comfortable. Wear big sunglasses so you can avoid makeup, stylish but comfy tennis shoes, and always carry a crossbody bag so your hands are free for snacks, and to pick up lazy children.
  4. Bring a stroller, even if you don’t have children. Seriously they are the best. You can lug all of your crap in them, carry drinks, push the pesky children and there’s kind of an unspoken agreement that nobody steals from a parked stroller because it’s Disneyland and that would be the worst Karma ever.                                                   ***Note to those who wear fitness trackers like the Fitbit. When you’re pushing a stroller with both hands the tracker won’t count your steps because it cannot sense your movement. Boo!***IMG_0471
  5. Double check what time the park opens and arrive early! The sooner you arrive the more rides you can enjoy, and the park really starts to fill up after lunch so if you get there when they open you can get way more done.  And don’t forget to utilize the Fast Pass Program!IMG_0467
  6. Lastly, treat yo self! It’s Disneyland for Christ sake! No, don’t eat every Mickey shaped pretzel, ice cream bar, and waffle in sight, but you are walking all day in the miserable heat with whining children so pick one thing to splurge on.(I would basically choose a rice crispy treat over pretty much anything, ever. Especially one with chocolate on it.)

Until next time! -Betsy

Happy Birthday to ME

 

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Birthday Cake

 

Today I turn 35.

Most days I still feel like a kid, not a grown up. I still call my mom every day, and consult with her on any major life decisions, and more importantly hair, makeup, and wardrobe ones. I live in San Diego, the city I grew up in, and even though everything seems so much smaller, I’m surrounded by all the familiar sights and sounds of my childhood. I am fortunate enough to live within 2 miles of my grandparents, parents, brother, cousins, aunts, and uncles. Let’s be honest, that last one is a blessing and a curse. I kid, I kid.

Not really.

Then there are the days when I feel every bit of my age. I remember that I am a mother of two incredibly loving, smart mouthed, pain in my ass, boys. A wife to a wonderful, loving, supportive husband (My kids can’t read yet so I can say whatever I want about them). I’ve had the opportunity to travel, attend college, college bars, college parties, graduate school, drop out of culinary school, and work as an educator now for almost 12 years. So I guess I really am 35.

What does any of that rambling have to do with being Flab but Fab?

Caveat to the sob story.

I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I’m not talking “Biggest Loser” style weight struggles, but as a kid I was always the chubby one in my blond, long legged group of girlfriends. My weight fluctuated depending on my activity level, but through most of my life I’ve had about 30 extra lbs to lose give or take 10. Growing up in San Diego where flip flops are worn year round, I savored the few days out of the year I could wear a sweater and hide behind my clothes. Fast forward to two 50+ pound pregnancies, some heavy family shit that went down, and a major health scare, food has always been a constant, there to make things all alright. Along with Xanax, and Lexapro!

As I venture now into my 36th year of life, I just want to feel good and more importantly look good. Yes, my belly jiggles quite a bit, and my thighs touch, but it’s cool. I’m still a sexy biatch. I want to be strong, and feel good, but hells yes, I want the mommies at Tball asking, what’s she doing? Has she had work done? Betsy looks so good! Who doesn’t want to be a milf? Therefore while I may still have some Flab, I AM FAB, and this year I am going to work my ass off to make it my best!

I would love for anyone to follow along with me (unless your an asshole) there’s only enough room for one bitch on this blog, and that bitch is me. I want to share what’s working for our family, and what isn’t. I will share what I’m eating, and how I plan to adapt it to keep me from being a short order cook. And lot’s of other super fun stuff. So read it, ok, and tell everyone you know about me. I have very little self esteem and need you all to validate me (Insert crying laughing emoji here). Talk to you soon! -Betsy