LEGOLAND Hotel Now Has Heartlake City ROOMS!!!

Y’all know I think that LEGOLAND is one of Southern California’s MUST see attractions. Fun rides, places to build, Lego cities and statues and so much more. Right outside the front gates of LEGOLAND California is the Legoland Hotel. It’s so cute from the outside! I promise on Alice and my next trip we will walk through the lobby and snap some pictures for you. But, from the outside I already know I’m going to love it!

Beginning on March 10, 2016, you can stay and play in your very own piece of Heartlake City! Complete with the Café, Stables and your very own LEGO® tree house, the new hotel theme is truly a dream come true for any group of BFFs.
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The colorful décor and LEGO models incorporate a level of detail that will have your imaginations running wild. Kids can even use clues to explore the tree house and join the LEGO Friends in a game of hide and seek with their LEGO pets!
lego-friends-room-1400x800-aLEGOLAND® Hotel rooms are designed to accommodate playful adventure as well as privacy and relaxation. Rooms include a king bed in an adult sleeping area, and a bunk bed with a pull out trundle bed in the kid’s quarters.

Availability of LEGO Friends rooms is limited, so be sure to book your stay in advance.

Click here to book the ultimate LEGO Friends sleepover!

Koalabu Unfinished Wooden Dolls #CraftTimeWithNaNa

One of the best parts of hanging out with a 4-year-old during the week is craft-time. Today’s craft made Alice giddy!! The kid was jumping up and down excited!
As soon as I saw these Koalabu Natural Unfinished Wooden Dolls I knew Alice and I would have so much FUN with these. Before they arrived I spent too much time on Pinterest (does anyone else have an addiction to Pinterest?? It’s never just 5 minutes!!). You should see how creative some people are! WOW!! I did save out a set for me to decorate later; some of the Pinterest ideas were just too cute not to try!!

To start, I used paints; both oil and watercolor and they work perfectly. Alice and I used liquid chalk markers because they are easy for little hands to work with and they worked perfectly!! They liquid chalk dries very fast which is a huge perk when working with a 4-year-old. The chalk stays put too! Alice’s family of dolls came out so cute!!

This set includes 40 pieces; 7 men, 7 women, 7 angels, 9 boys and 10 babies/tots. Each piece is made of beautiful, high-grade, untreated, unfinished Birch and Maple. This set is not treated with any chemicals, they are completely non-toxic and more to love; proudly made in the USA.

Man/Dad: 2-3/8″ Tall x 7/8″ Diameter
Woman/Mom: 2-1/4″ Tall x 5/8″ Diameter
Angel/Girl: 2″ Tall x 7/8″ Diameter
Boy: 1-11/16″ Tall x 5/8″ Diameter
Tot: 1-1/8″ tall x 5/8″ wide

Each and every doll is very smooth; no splinters anywhere!! Koalabu uses a kiln to dry the wood so they are really durable and resistant to denting and scratching.

I love that this set arrives in a heavy duty zip bag; this makes storing the unfinished dolls very easy.

More to love is the warranty. If you don’t love your wooden doll people Koalabu we will refund your money, no questions asked. They stand by the quality of their Koalabu brand products, and customer satisfaction is their highest priority.

WHINES

Decorating and then playing with this set has been so much fun that we don’t have a single whine!! These are high quality, solid wood, natural dolls.

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com

Hornblower San Diego Whale Watching Trip!

Hornblower2My cohort in crime 4-year-old Alice and I were invited on a Whale Watching Trip from Hornblower San Diego. Let me tell you, Monday afternoon couldn’t have been more beautiful of a day. 82º bright blue sky’s!!  A SERIOUSLY beautiful clear day, perfect for Whale Watching!

CaptainJuliePeetOur experience was amazing start to finish!  Parking couldn’t be easier, with a parking lot directly next to the pier. Straight $10 parking per day.  Head to the ticket booths located in front of the docks at Navy Float 970 N. Harbor Drive San Diego California.  Tickets run $40 per person Monday through Friday. $45 per person Saturday and Sunday’s. Children 4 through 12 are half price).  There are two cruises daily. Departing the dock at 9:30 am and arriving back at 1:00 p.m.  The second cruise sails at 1:30 p.m and arrives back at the dock at 5 p.m.

What a great learning trip!  If you plan to be in the San Diego area and definitely if you LIVE here this has to be on top of your MUST experience bucket list.  If you love dolphins and whales this is the excursion FOR YOU!! Do not forget your camera. If you have a long range lenses I would suggest using that as well as setting your camera for the highest pixels because you will want to blow these photos up!!

The Hornblower yacht was super comfortable. Well staffed and expertly powered by Captain Jules Peet. The boat had a lot of people on board but it never felt crowded.  We could have stood at the rail with my camera in hand the entire voyage if we wanted it or I should say if ALICE wanted!! That’s another thing, Alice is normally shy around strangers, VERY shy, which you would have never known because Alice interacted with the crew and passengers like she was part of The Hornblower crew. Alice had no problem going from deck to deck unassisted; meaning I didn’t have to carry her. There are plenty of places to sit both inside and outside. Even tables set up outside on deck. There is truly plenty places to hang out. Also on board are plenty of bathrooms; men and women’s. There is a snack bar that even features hot food. I would suggest grabbing your hot pretzel right away. Those yummies sell out fast. There is a full bar, sodas, water and ginger ale in case you get on board and realize you do get  sea sick. DSC_2800 Since the weather was SO hot (Yes, in February 82º !!) Alice and I opted to sit inside the climate controlled area to cool off every 30 minutes or so.

I would recommend bringing a sweatshirt because no matter how hot it is when the boat is moving it gets windy!!

When the boat leaves the port you’ll pass barking sea lions lounging on buoys. TONS of dolphins that appear to want to race the boat!  Then when you are further out that’s when the legendary gray whales start popping up out of the water.

While all of this is happening the Captain and crew will tell you about the buildings, ships and landmarks around the harbor. Very interesting facts all the way around. Did you know that gray whales are known for migrating the longest distance of any mammal on Earth!! I also learned that humans have 7 neck bones and that huge gray whale that is the size of a BUS has 7 neck bones. AMAZING!!

The round trip tour lasts 3½ hours.  Between the Hornblower Crew and the VOLUNTEER Naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum. You’ll leave the cruise feeling like you learned A LOT!

There is so much to love about Hornblower; like the fact if you don’t see some type of whale during your trip, Hornblower will give you a pass for another cruise. HOW cool is that?!

Hornblower Cruises’ San Diego Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures are educational cruises and visual experiences for people who love sea birds, dolphins, sea lions and whales. Highlights of the cruise include pods of hundreds of dolphins plus an informative harbor cruise around the north end of the Big Bay. Enjoy a memorable three-and-a-half-hour whale-watching cruise on San Diego’s largest and fastest whale watching yachts, offering the most comfortable climate-controlled boats in Southern California. If the tour doesn’t see whales, all guests are given a “Whale Check” to come back for free.

NOTE: The whale watching vessel cruises in the open ocean. Our yacht is the most comfortable yacht in San Diego, due to stabilizers that greatly reduce the yacht’s motion. Still, if seasickness is a concern, getting fresh air on the sun deck or taking over-the-counter anti-seasickness medicine prior to your cruise might help. 

I know you’re wondering ‘where are my whale pictures?! I demand WHALES and Dolphins!”  I want to mention just how lucky y’all are, the first video I created had more photo’s of Alice than marine life. THE HUSBAND suggested I change it. He must not read my blog! I tell you guys all the time “I have a blog SO I CAN show you pictures of the Grandkids!!” But, I took them (most of them; okay fine, I took out 4). Here is our day at sea with Hornblower San Diego.

There are several events coming up that look very exciting! Check out the Easter Cruise!! I ‘m hungry just reading this information!!
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Here is a cruise that my oldest daughter will be excited about!

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WHINES

Not a single one. Great company. Fantastic weather!! An absolutely memorable day made possible by the outstanding crew of The Hornblower and the Naturalists from the San Diego Natural History Museum. Alice and I highly recommend this tour!!

Follow Hornblower on their • TwitterTwitterFacebookPinterest • Read about current sightings in the WHALE REPORT.

Thank you Hornblower for our wonderful trip! We WILL be back!!

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com