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Summer Strawberry Spritzer

Who else has been enjoying as many days at the beach and pool as possible? I’ve been taking full advantage of summer fun this year. We have been to the bay, the beach, the pool and even camping a few times. With all of our summer fun must come a fun summer beverage. My favorite summer sipper has been a simple strawberry spritzer. It’s perfect for summertime because it is very light, refreshing and delicious.

Bon Affair Summer Strawberry Spritzer

Summer Strawberry Spritzer
1 Glass of Bon Affair
5 Diced Strawberries
1 Squeeze of Lime

This summer strawberry spritzer could not be any simpler. Add Bon Affair to a wine glass, pour in your diced strawberries and squeeze in a bit of lime to your glass. I love Bon Affair on its own but the addition of strawberry and lime just make it a little more fun when sipping poolside.

The other awesome thing about using Bon Affair in your summer cocktails is that it is light in alcohol content as well. This is good for those long days spent sipping on drinks with friends. I like a good buzz but getting too tipsy is not always my friend. Bon Affair also has electrolytes. Bonus! I hope you are all having a fun summer too and get to try out this awesome spritzer recipe.

Enjoy! – Bri

I received product from Bon Affair. All opinions are my own. 

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“Violet” at San Diego Rep from 8/20 – 9/13

I am looking forward to going on a date night with my handsome husband. First we will grab a bite downtown, then head to the San Diego Repertory Theatre to see “Violet”. Violet will be playing at the San Diego Rep from 8/20 through 9/13.

violet

Photo credit: Daren Scott

Violet is about a girl who was in a horrible accident at a young age. This left her face disfigured. As she ages, she dreams of being beautiful, so she is convinced that her scar can be healed. She travels to go see a televangelist for a beauty transformation, but on the way she learns the true meaning of beauty. Learn More

Performances Times Through September 13, 2015:
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2, 4, and 8 p.m.
Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m.

Theatre:
The Lyceum Space San Diego REPertory Theatre 79 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101-6144. Prices: $36-$75 Discounts for students and military available.

San Diego REP Box Office (619) 544-1000. Tickets available for purchase online at www.sdrep.org. Four hours free parking in the Horton Plaza garage with validation at the theatre.

@SanDiegoREP
https://www.facebook.com/SanDiegoREP

I received tickets to this event. All opinions are my own. 

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31 Goals for My 31st Year

I had a lot of life goals that I wanted to accomplish before turning 30. I’m blessed to say I achieved all the biggies. After that I kind of stopped thinking about what I wanted to accomplish by any other age. I truly believe that things will not happen to you unless you work on making those things or dreams come true. Yesterday I turned 31 and today, Iv’e decided I want to make a list of 31 goals to accomplish in this year. I always do a yearly dream board around the new year  which I still plan to do, but I wanted to make an easy fun to do list of goals and see if I can accomplish them all by next year.

This is 31

1. Maui 2016
2. Start a weekly blog post to simply chat about life. (not sponsored and not forced)
3. Focus my intentions for this blog
4. Take the kids to the Birch Aquarium
5. Camp at the beach
6. Get back into zumba
7. Get back into yoga
8. Network
9. More date nights
10. Eat more greens
11. Design a BriGeeski postcard
12. San Diego Taste – Events or T-shirts?
13. Less phone usage
14. Visit with Family
15. Say no to things that do not help grow my family or business
16. Get new glasses
17. Be grateful everyday
18. Practice patience
19. Chill with friends
20. Go to dog beach
21. Put plants in the front yard planters
22. Create a nicer backyard space
23. Reupholster dining room chairs
24. Declutter kiddos rooms
25. Design more invitations for Etsy shop
26. Add vinyl stickers to Etsy shop
27. More play time
28. Grow social media following for the blog
29. Spend more one on one time with kids and hubby
30. Make photo books
31. Make art space with a chalkboard wall and painting area

So some of these goals are easy and some I will need to spend more time on. Either way, I like that I have a list to look back on and continue moving forward. There are so many things to be grateful for in life. Here’s to 31!

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‘Shrek: The Musical’ @ Moonlight Amphitheatre 8/12-29, 2015

shrek
Photo Credit: Ken Jacques Photography

My husband and I are kids at heart and we love Shrek the animated film. A date night under the stars at Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista, watching “Shrek: The Musical”, was a great idea. The musical aligns with the film, it’s a tale of a grumpy ogre named Shrek who is on a journey alongside a humorous donkey in order to save Princess Fiona from a tower so she can marry Lord Farquaad, but along their travels, Shrek and Fiona fall in love. The musical is truly captivating with vivid sets, extravagant costumes and talented vocals.

Not only did we enjoy the show, we really adored the unique outdoor venue. It is definitely a great place to go on a date or a family outing. In the summertime, you can setup a picnic dinner beforehand while watching a beautiful sunset. No need to pack the chairs, the venue provides them, which is free as part of lawn seating tickets. If you decide not to take along a picnic dinner, they have the Artisan Cafe that looked delicious and reasonably priced. I hope you spend one of the remaining beautiful summer nights at the theatre.

musical
Photo Credit: Ken Jacques Photography

Shrek: The Musical Performance Dates:

Wednesday, August 12
Thursday, August 13
Friday, August 14
Saturday, August 15
Sunday, August 16
Wednesday, August 19
Thursday, August 20
Friday, August 21
Saturday, August 22
Sunday, August 23
Thursday, August 27
Friday, August 28
Saturday, August 29
All performances of Shrek begin at 8 p.m.

Moonlight Amphitheatre

1200 Vale Terrace Dr.
Vista, CA 92084

Prices: $24 – $52.
Discounts for seniors, students, and military available. If you would like to purchase tickets or for more information, call (760) 724-2110 or visit http://www.moonlightstage.com.

I received tickets for media consideration. All opinions are my own.

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The Ranch at Bandy Canyon 

Looking for a relaxing spot to have a staycation in San Diego? Check out The Ranch at Bandy Canyon in the middle of San Pasqual Valley (Escondido Area). You’ll love this rustic oasis. My family and I were invited to check out the cabins and enjoy a night stay. We had an awesome time and really enjoyed the unique vibe.

We first headed to Orfila Winery for a wine tasting and afternoon break. Then we picked up a pizza from BJ’s Restaurant. Before you go to The Ranch at Bandy Canyon, be sure you bring food. There are currently no restaurants on site; however there is one restaurant that will deliver. We did not want to have to rely on that so we brought our own. The nice staff at the Ranch did give us a welcome basket that included muffins and fruit which we devoured for breakfast.



The wifi is also super choppy. Which is kind of the point about staying at Bandy Canyon. It’s a place to relax and recharge. It’s not a place to be on the cell phone checking Facebook every 10 minutes. It was nice to not think about work, chores or to-do lists.





Mark had to work the night we went. My brother, niece and grandma stayed with the kiddos and I. My mom also came by for dinner and a dip in the pool. We walked around the grounds and checked out the oldest building in Escondido, their lodge. It’s a really nice place for a wedding or event. There is a piano, a fireplace and lots of room to enjoy. We heard they will be transforming the lodge into a restaurant which I think will be great.

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon also has a few horses and pony’s at the stables. You can take them out on a trail ride if you schedule it before arrival. We just took a peak and a few photos.

The pool was empty and fabulous. It seems like an awesome place to bring a good group of friends or a few families to enjoy together.


The best part about the Ranch at Bandy Canyon was the private cottages and beautiful scenery. It feels like being in the mountains but in a fun tropical way. This would also be an awesome place for a group of girls to get together for a little retreat. The cottages are all different and are well designed. We all had plenty of space and were very comfortable. I’m looking forward to taking Mark there next time!
  

Have you stayed at the Ranch at Bandy Canyon? What did you enjoy most?

The Ranch at Bandy Canyon
16251 BANDY CANYON ROAD
ESCONDIDO, CA 92025
(760) 871-6494
INFO@BANDYCANYON.COM

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San Diego Museum of Art: Coney Island Exhibit

Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008 Now through October 13, 2015

coney island

My hubby and I attended Culture and Cocktails: Coney Island theme at The San Diego Museum of Art on August 6th. What a fun date night! The museum transformed into Brooklyn’s boardwalk with Coney Island “Freakshow” and SKYY Vodka cotton candy flavored cocktails, multi flavored popcorn, a roller coaster photo booth and entertaining street performers. It was definitely a true summer soiree. We had a great time getting our fortunes told, photographs taken, and munching on some gourmet candies. The hubby and I look forward to checking out the next Culture and Cocktails event.

San Diego Museum of Art

The Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 art exhibit itself was just as entertaining. It included a five-foot tall Cyclops head from the Coney Island’s “Spook-A-Rama” ride that survived Hurricane Sandy, hand-painted carousel horses from the early 1900’s and vintage photographs and vivid artwork of the good old days at the beach on Coney Island. Be sure to check out the exhibit for yourself, which is on display now until October 13, 2015.

“For five cents Coney Island will feed you, frighten you, cool you, toast you, flatter you, or destroy your inhibitions.” Fortune Magazine, 1938

The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado in Balboa Park
San Diego, Calif., 92101.
General Information, (619) 232-7931

Admission:
Adult $12,
Youth (age 7-17) $4.50,
Senior (65+) $9,
Military $9,
College Student $8
Resident Free Tuesday: The San Diego Museum of Art offers free admission to San Diego County Residents on the third Tuesday of every month. A valid ID is required for admission.

Museum Hours:
Mon., Tue., Thurs., Fri., Sat.- 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Wed.- Closed
Sun.- 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

I received media passes to Culture & Cocktails. All opinions are my own. 

 

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