The Things, Places and Events

Things have gotten really busy around here. We have been introduced to so many fun things, places and events. I am going to start sharing “the things we love”, “the places we’ve been” and the “Not to miss events” on the regular. Every week I will bring the best of the best to you in one fun post.

Sometimes items are shared with us to check out. If we don’t love it we won’t waste your time by sharing it.

The Things We Love

The Things We Love

1. Fresh & Easy 2. Mama Bare 3. Hall Wine 4. Avitae 5. Slammers 6. Numi: Savory Tea

Some super fun things are happening at Fresh & Easy these days. The little lady and I went there earlier this week for a tour. Fresh & Easy was bought out at the end of last year and are now implementing new ideas to keep their items as fresh as possible while providing healthy convenience for their shoppers. They also now sell eggs with “laid on” dates. They are also providing more and more organic items.

Mama Bare bars are made especially for nursing, pregnant or on-the-go moms. They are made of fresh fruit, nuts and all natural healthy ingredients. These have been great for busy days when I don’t have time to make a snack. The slammers have been really helpful as an on-the-go snack for my kiddo. Each organic pouch is made with tasty fruit and greek yogurt.

When I went to ExpoWest a couple weeks ago I came across Avitae and Numi Savory Teas. I am excited about both of these products because they are so unique. The Avitae is a bottled water with caffeine in it. Caffeine!! I really like this product because there are no calories and it has caffeine in it. The Savory Numi tea bags are also really cool. I cooked some pasta with the tea and it gave it a really nice flavor and has all the cool benefits from green tea. I will have to post a recipe soon using these yummy teas!

Last but certainly not least is Hall Wines. MMm so good! The sauvignon blanc is really refreshing and crisp. The wine has hints of grapefruit, passion fruit, white peach and banana. I cooked a lemon pappardelle pasta from Trader Joes that paired perfectly with it.

The Places We've Been

Luce, Uncasked, La Jolla

1. Luce Bar & Kitchen 2. Uncasked at UTC 3. La Jolla Cove

Mark and I went out to dinner with my college roommate and her fiancé at Luce Bar & Kitchen. It’s a local gastropub located in Bay Park, San Diego. It’s definitely a spot to check out. They have a good selection of wine, beer and craft cocktails. Our favorite dish was the Cheeseburger and Fries – really good! I also had a pretty tasty and not too pricy charcuterie and cheese plate that paired well with the Cabernet Sauvignon I tried.

At the end of last week I gave away tickets to Uncasked at UTC. My bestie, my mom and I headed out to check out the festivities. It was a really fun event with beer tasting, paired bites and a few local musicians kept the party going. They had a really cool photo booth too.

My kiddo and I snuck away to La Jolla shores for a little afternoon break on Tuesday. The weather has been so beautiful lately. There were highs of 85 in San Diego, so we had to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Not to Miss Events

#Sandiego #brunch Brockton Villa

1. Brunch @ Brockton Villa

We went to Brockton Villa this week for a blogger breakfast. Their famous coast toast and the new cinnamon roll pancakes were amazing! I also couldn’t get enough of the smoked salmon plate with dill cream cheese. Brockton Villa is located right above La Jolla Shores. The location and views are to die for. I can’t wait to go back for a date night with the hubby. They have brunch every Sunday and will have something a little extra special on Easter and Mother’s Day. Be sure to get there early and snag a parking spot along the coast.

I wrote this post on Friday and planned on sharing it with you then, but I went out of town for the weekend and the internet was not working so I will share a little bit about our trip with you next week :)

I hope you enjoyed this first edition of the things we love, the places we’ve been and the events not to miss! What was your favorite part of the week?

Enjoy, Bri

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The All New 2015 Honda Fit #FitForYou

Honda invited me to their 2015 Honda Fit National Press Introduction at the end of March. This was my first press trip and let me just say I would like to do more of these. It was a 3 day event set up for press and influencers to test out the All-New 2015 Honda Fit. The all-new Fit has been completely redone to accommodate additional storage, driver assistance technologies, audio display, fuel efficiency and overall interior/exterior presentation.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

The event was held at Andaz, a super awesome hotel in downtown San Diego. It literally felt like Honda took over the hotel. When I arrived, I was greeted by a lovely lady that was working the logistics of the event. I was told to head straight to the Andaz Wine Bar for check-in and hospitality.

There were Honda decals all over the glass railings heading to the wine bar. As I walked in the room I immediately noticed that there was a car, in the middle of the bar, surrounded by lush areas to sit back and relax. I wanted to grab a glass of wine, sit back and check out the car but I had to head to my room to finish up some work before I could enjoy the festivities.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

After checking out my amazing hotel room and getting caught up on work, I headed back down to the wine bar. I was introduced to a few people from Honda, the logistics company and the PR company involved in the event. Everyone I met was so nice. I felt right at home with all the warm welcomes and smiling faces. I finally grabbed a glass of wine and got to check out the car. I snapped some pics then we headed to Basic for the Welcome Reception, Vehicle Introduction and Dinner.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

The all-new 2015 Honda Fit is a really cool car. From the outside, it looks pretty small but it actually feels bigger inside than my SUV. There is a ton of space, it’s comfortable and super functional. Julie Naylon, a professional organizer from No Wire Hangers was there to show us how much could actually fit into the Fit. She was able to fit 8 giant bean bags into the back of the Fit. She also showed us how the front seats lean all the way back and you can actually lay down in the car. The back seats can also fold up creating additional space. The flexible seating and storage allows the user to even put a long surfboard in the car. The engine is also pretty tiny compared to any other engines I have seen, allowing more space for the rest of the car.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

I really liked all the colors that the new Fit comes in. Isn’t this bright yellow so fun?! There was a cute little set up of beach chairs, a cooler, beach ball and an umbrella to show what all could fit in the new Fit.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

There were illustrators from Art Institute at the event doing live sketches of the Honda Fit. I thought it was so fun to see someone hand draw the car so precisely.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

The next morning I headed to the top of Andaz to enjoy breakfast on the rooftop.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

After breakfast we went into the Andaz Studio and received the Honda Fit Product Download – basically a more in depth introduction to the specifics of the car. It was so cool to hear from Honda PR as well as the project leader of body design, the electrical engineer for the display audio, and the senior product planner of the all-new Honda Fit. These people actually planned, designed and produced the new car and it was really special to hear directly from them about the car specifics.

Fun Facts

- Fit is Produced at 11 Honda Plants in 8 Countries and Sold in 160 Countries
- Total Global Sales is 76 Million Units
- The New Fit has 4.9 More Cubic Feet for Passengers than Previous Fit
- There are 4 Modes of Flexible Seating: Utility, Tall, Long and Refresh
- The Best-in-Class Fuel Economy is Achieved Through a New Powertrain and Platform
- The New LX Fit gets 33 City MPG, 41 Hwy MPG and 36 Combined
- The Fit is Class-leading in Quietness
- There are More Trim & Walk Features than Other Similar Models

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

At the end of the product introduction we received the #FitForYou photo contest instructions. The goal was to get to know the Honda Fit in a fun photography contest around San Diego. The added bonus was for each winner, Honda would donate $500 in the winners name to Special Olympics. How cool is that?! I personally love taking photos of what I am doing and sharing them with all of you. The categories for the photo contest were Fit For Technology, Fit for the City, Fit for Duty and Fit for You.

I partnered up with Jessica from That Tech Chic to drive the Fit together. We drove around all day and got to know each other and the Fit really well. Driving around San Diego in the Fit was so much fun. We snapped pretty photos of any sort of beauty we saw along the way. Then we stopped for lunch at The Boathouse Restaurant. After we ate we participated in the Fit Interactive activities.

For the first photo in the contest I did Fit For Duty. After driving around in the Fit I immediately thought that this car was Fit for the Beach. So I felt that Fit for Beach Duty made the most sense.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

The Fit for Technology photo was taken in front of Scripps Center of Oceanography.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

I had to do a Fit For Me photo with the San Diego skyline in the background since I live, breath and work in this City I love and call home. I didn’t end up winning the contest but it was so exciting to participate.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

The navigation system kept us on track on arriving to our destination (even though we may have been late). The lane watch display was also really helpful. Whenever I switched lanes the camera would appear so I could see my blind spot in the display. The rearview camera helped when I had to back out of a parking space.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

We learned all about the interior of the car, the safety and driver technologies and the display audio with NAVI systems. There is a USB / bluetooth wireless connection, hands free voice recognition system and a satellite-linked navigation system with continually updated traffic information. You can even sync your phone to the car and display your apps.

The Honda Fit #FitForYou

After driving around the all-new 2015 Honda Fit throughout the day, I felt really familiar with the car. It was really easy to drive, had tons of room for all my stuff, and had really helpful features. Have you driven a Honda Fit? What is your favorite feature?

I was invited to a press introduction. All opinions are my own. 

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Art Alive 2014 { Giveaway } 4/11-13

Have you been to Art Alive at the San Diego Museum of Art? The Museum’s only annual fundraiser, will take place this year from April 11-13, 2014. It is a really fun event where 120+ floral designers create their own floral masterpieces interpreted from famous paintings and sculptures in the Museum’s Collection. These beautiful sights and scents fill the Museum for three days.

Art Alive 2014 at the San Diego Museum of Art

I attended Art Alive a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I have always been a big fan of The San Diego Museum of Art and this event is a local tradition for the museum. During the Art Alive weekend, guests will be able to enjoy the floral interpretations, floral lectures, workshops and the family-friendly Garden of Activities, where kids can make flowers from art materials, participate in a Museum-wide flower hunt, and read nature-inspired stories.

Admission is free for museum members, $20 for nonmembers, $5 for youth age 7 to 17 and free for children 6 and under. More details about Art Alive can be found here. Or – You can win a pair of tickets here! I am giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Art Alive 2014. Enter now… The winner will be notified Tuesday afternoon!

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Garden of Activities: Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Great for families, the Garden of Activities features a Museum-wide flower hunt, a children’s reading area complete with nature-inspired stories, and a variety of floral-inspired projects designed for children and families to enjoy together. Activities are free after Art Alive floral exhibition general admission.

The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado in Balboa Park, San Diego, Calif., 92101.
General Information, (619) 232-7931, Group Sales: (619) 696-1935,
Website: http://www.SDMArt.org, Twitter: @SDMA,
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheSanDiegoMuseumofArt

Providing a rich and diverse cultural experience, The San Diego Museum of Art houses the world’s finest art in America’s Finest City. Located in the heart of Balboa Park, the Museum’s nationally renowned collections include Spanish and Italian old masters, South Asian paintings including the Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings, and 19th and 20th century American paintings and sculptures. The Museum regularly features major exhibitions of art from around the world, as well as an extensive year-round schedule supporting cultural and educational programs for children and adults. At The San Diego Museum of Art, exhibition text is always in English and Spanish.

I received tickets to giveaway. All opinions are my own.

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