hello kitty’s festival report from brave

hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival hello kitty's supercute friendship festival Mommy and Papi were taking us out for a surprise, so I thought that we were going to the Forum again because the last time we went to the Forum was to watch Marvel Universe Live. For that surprise, my mommy told my sisters and I to wear Spider-Man clothes. This time she did the same thing, but told us to wear Hello Kitty clothes.

I thought we were going to watch a Hello Kitty live show, but it was a party with lots of little shows. The party took place where the people were performing the Marvel Universe Live show. There were fashion mannequins, and the outfits they were wearing were cute!

The show said, “ALWAYS PARTY!” The music was really loud and Hello Kitty’s clothes were cute! It was fun watching the show with the live Sanrio characters.

My sisters and I wrote letters for Hello Kitty and I wonder if Hello Kitty got the letter. We got a Hello Kitty pin for writing the letters. My family and I went to Badtz-Maru’s Mortorcycle Garage and next to the garage was Badtz-Maru’s tattoo place! My family and I got tattoos. My Papi got a tattoo of all the characters, my mommy got a My Melody tattoo that said, “Lovely as a rose,” and True got a Twin Stars tattoo. I got a Chococat tattoo, Soul got a Hello Kitty tattoo, and Glow got the same tattoo as mommy.

When my sisters and I took a picture with Keroppi, I was pretending to be upside down like Keroppi! I liked taking pictures there because there were lots of fun scenes.

When we left, people gave us treats! When we got home, we looked at our treats. We got a Hello Kitty poster, bag, badge, and flashlight keychain. True and I got a program guide, some coloring pages, and origami paper, and other things. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN!

***After the show, Brave asked if she could write a report like her Marvel Universe Live one, so I happily obliged. She wrote all of the above, and I just corrected a few grammatical errors here and there.***

This post is in partnership with Sanrio. Hello Kitty’s Supercute Friendship Festival takes place at The Forum from June 12-14 (get tickets here). Check here for other tour dates to see if the show may be coming to a city near you. I’m always so thankful opportunities such as this (my girls are especially thankful for the perks), and also for the time you take to support me and this space.

 

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fruit inspiration in singapore

fruits of singapore fruits of singapore fruits of singapore fruits of singapore I’m super late in sharing these images taken of some of our favorite fruits in Singapore. That trip jumpstarted something in Ben, it made him obsessed with rare and exotic fruits. His obsession has only gotten worse since he’s part of the California Rare Fruit Grower’s Association, and a viewing of The Fruit Hunters just continued to magnify his craze. Since our visit to Singapore last June, he’s been researching and filling our yard with some of the fruits we first tried in there. We can’t grow all the ones we loved because of our climate (to include a lack of humidity needed for some), but for the ones we can grow, he’s working on it!

Visiting the wet market was probably his favorite thing to do there. When I was teaching workshops, he loved walking around the markets. He would come back with bags full of fruit for us to try. Now that I think about it, when we honeymooned in Fiji, he loved walking around the markets there too!

Top photo (clockwise, from top left): Wax Jambu (we’re growing it!), but not growing the rest (Rambutan, Lychee, and Mangosteen – oh, but how we WISH we could grow Mangosteen!)

Next four photos: (1) Passionfruit (on left – we’re growing it!); Custard Apple (on right); (2 & 3) Dragon Fruit (not growing it, but it’s very drought resistant); (4) clockwise, from top – Passionfruit, Dragon Fruit, and Custard Apple

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exotica rare fruit nursery in vista

exotica nursery exotica nursery exotica nursery exotica nursery exotica nursery exotica nursery One of our favorite places to go find rare fruit trees is Exotica Nursery in Vista, California. This place is a little gem filled with many varieties of exotic fruits. It is even featured in the documentary The Fruit Hunters. We had already been to this nursery prior to watching the film, so when we saw it pop up on screen, we were all, “Hey! Exotica! We’ve been there!” Ben’s really been getting into growing rare fruits (you probably know that already), and even though our backyard already holds about 60 fruit trees, I don’t think he’s slowing down just yet. This particular visit we came home with 2 guava trees, one was a Allahabadi variety, and the other was a diamond guava. The prices there are fairly good, but of course, depending the type of exotic fruit tree you are looking for, it can get more costly.

One of the things we look forward to when visiting Exotica is the tasting table they have ready for visitors to try. This visit we were all able to try mulberry for the first time, and we loved it so much that Ben is now planning to get a mulberry tree at some point. It’s a drought tolerant tree, so we definitely want to get that one in our garden.

 

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the marvel universe live report from brave

marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live marvel universe live When we were going to Marvel Universe Live I thought we were going to a nursery in L.A. because my mommy said that we might go to a nursery in L.A. But we did not! I was so surprised! They were tricking us that it was a tree festival. It did not look like it. It looked like a movie theater. It was pretty crowded. Someone was dressed like Darth Vader and some people were wearing Spider-Man clothes like my sisters and I!

During the show, it was funny when Captain America was helping an old woman walk across the street! The show was pretty cool. No, it was cool and awesome!! One of my favorite parts was when Spider-Man swung over us and my mommy was asking me who some of the characters were.

I knew who some of the characters were, but not all of them. I like shows so when I saw the stage it kind of got me excited! The guy who was being Spider-Man in the show sounded like Spider-Man in the Ultimate Spider-Man on Netflix! They came up with a pretty good plan! Loki is a bad and sneaky little brother!

And in the night when all the people at the Marvel Universe place were leaving I think people were honking their cars with their keys so they could find their car easier in the night. It was kind of dark so we could not really see which was our car! It was so fun and we had a good time.

(P.S. Their acting and costumes were good! As my sister True and my Papi said, the Green Goblin looked like he was wearing pajamas!)

***The portion above was completely written by Brave. We had to correct some spelling errors, but the content is all her! I thought it would be fun if she wrote her perspective on the whole show!***

Marvel Universe Live at The Forum runs until Sunday, May 3. To check if they’re coming to a city near you, check out Marvel Universe Live for more info, or here on Ticketmaster.

This post is in partnership with Feld Entertainment as a Feld Family Ambassador; complimentary tickets for the show were provided. I’m always so thankful opportunities such as this (my girls are especially thankful), and also for the time you take to support me and this space.

 

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popbar at the anaheim packing house

pop bar pop bar pop bar pop bar pop bar pop bar > pop bar We had too much fun indulging in lots of cold sweets over spring break. Forget the beach, we hit up all the local ice cream places. HA! Well, we do love the beach, but not SoCal traffic, so I rarely make it out there. Anyway, one of the places we had so much fun trying was the Popbar at the Anaheim Packing House. It was our first time there, and we met my BFF there for lunch (it was her first time too). We had some delicious Vietnamese food, and of course, ice cream for dessert.

Popbar is gelato ice cream on a stick, so it’s much creamier than your regular popsicle. I got the hazelnut bar, half dipped with milk chocolate and waffle cone. The other girls picked their own… True got strawberry sorbet dipped in milk chocolate, Soul got vanilla dipped in milk chocolate and waffle cone, Brave got a berry sorbetto dipped in white chocolate and waffle cone, and Glow wanted chocolate everything. After I had finished my bar, I declared that I could totally go for another, so since Linda wanted to try the pistachio, she went back to order that, and we shared (my BFF is the best!). I loved every bite of my popbar, and next time I want to try the peanut butter one.

Popbars aren’t easy to split in half, so each girl got her own. When you have to multiply everything by four, things just cost more (about $25 for 5 popbars). It was spring break though, so we went wild and everyone got one. It’s kind of pricey that way, but it was totally worth it to let everyone enjoy their popbars in peace. #illalwayssayyestoicecream

 

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star wars at legoland

star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland star wars at legoland The girls and I had an adventure a few weeks ago and went to Legoland to check out the unveiling of the Death Star in their Star Wars Miniland. It was a busy week, so I didn’t decide until last minute to go, so I made it a surprise for the girls. They had no clue where we were trekking off to! It was such a lovely day too! There was pretty much no one at the amusement park, we didn’t have to wait in any lines, and it was great to just be out of the house. Our days are full of to-do lists and making sure all their lessons get done, that it was nice to just chill out and have fun.

Up to this point, the girls were only fans of Clone Wars the cartoon, but have never watched Star Wars. Ben and I have tried to coax them to watching it with us, but they said it looks scary, so they always said no. Well, after this little visit, it excited them about Star Wars, and they told us they were ready to finally watch the movies. We started with Episode I last weekend, and finished up Episode II: Attack of the Clones this past weekend. They are so anxious about how it all plays out because they are so baffled at how Anikin becomes Darth Vader. We tell them “Just wait, you’ll see.” The movie also brings about good conversations about what can happen when you just follow your own desires, without disregard to others; it really can lead down a dark path in real life too.

The girls had so much fun at the event. They were excited to make their own starships and see R2-D2 roaming around. Brave was the only one Brave enough to go up to him. Of course, they got a little nervous when Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers came out, but they forgot about them once the Death Star was unveiled. It is an impressive work of Lego art. It spans 8 ft. wide, 13 ft. hight and weighs more than 1900 pounds! We also learned that there are Master Builders that have the job of putting these Lego works of art together. It sounded like a fun job to all of us!
I have a feeling you will start seeing more Star Wars inspired projects in this space. Glow is already requesting to be Yoda for Halloween. She is always giggling anytime we watch his scenes in the movie. It’s so freakin’ cute! Are you or your kids Star Wars geeks? I have fond memories of watching it with my parents when I was little, so it’s special to be able to do that now with my own girls.
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