Friday, September 5, 2014

Sea World San Diego's Water Park: Aquatica {a review}


San Diego, CA is one of our favorite destinations for a short road trip from Phoenix. This past Labor Day weekend we decided to fit in one more trip to San Diego while it was still beach weather (and to escape our 100+ degree weather at home). Besides lots of time at the beach we like to visit one attraction - the last two trips we visited SeaWorld and this trip we decided to experience Aquatica, SeaWorld's Water Park. The park is located in Chula Vista, CA - its not located near Sea World San Diego but it was an easy drive down the freeway and we combined it with a visit to Coronado Island which was on the way home back to our hotel.  Aquatica opened in 2013 - the park was previously called Knott's Soak City.

I was impressed by the size, lushness, and how all the attractions looked brand new. The weather was prefect - warm enough that the water felt refreshing and not as hot as it is at the water parks at home where you burn your feet and over heat while waiting in line. The lines were pretty short too - much better than any water park I've visited.

Sea World Aquatica collage 

My son and I always love lazy rivers and we enjoyed Aquatica's Loggerhead Lane - my son loved the waterfall where he got soaked! (don't worry, you can avoid it if you prefer to keep your head dry). He also loves wave pools and he thought Aquatica's Big Surf Shores was a blast. While he hung out in the wave pool, I enjoyed getting some sun on the lounge chairs (moms need their time to relax!).

After spending some time in the wave pool, my son wanted to try out the kids play area, Walkabout Waters. He could have spent all day there - his favorite part is when the bells rings and the giant barrel filled with 500 gallons of water spills over completely soaking anyone standing under it.

Next we decided to try out the rides. Aquatica has a great mix of rides with tubes and without tubes and it was hard to pick our favorite.

Mom's pick - WooHoo Falls
Brendan's pick - Walhalla Wave

WooHoo Falls is a single tube ride where you have a choice of several different paths that are either enclosed or open and after lots of twists and turns you are dumped in a large pool of water. The Wallhalla Wave experience involves an over sized raft where you can sit up to 4 people and you twists, turn and spin down the 78 foot slide.

Aquatic collage 2

Aquatica has lots of food options for lunch, dinner or snacks. We opted to pack a lunch which we ate in their picnic area outside of the parking lot (with my food allergies its simpler to pack my own food when we go places). I bought my son Dippin' Dots at the end of the day and he thought these were the best thing ever! You are allowed to bring in a bottles of water. 

disclosure: We were provided complimentary tickets to Aquatica for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own.
Friday, August 8, 2014

Mom, You're Going to Wear That???

Do your kids judge how you dress? I was expecting it when he's in high school, maybe earlier if I had a girl but my son is 8 and the last few months he's becoming a clothing critic.

I've been really trying to dress better each day getting out of the sweats and yoga pants and planning an outfit. Mostly casual, especially during our Arizona HOT summers.

Yesterday I woke up with a migraine and was planning on coming home for a nap after school drop off so I just threw on sweatpants and a tank top. I was greeted with "Mom, you're going to wear THAT to take me to school?". Its drive through drop off so I'm not even getting out of the car - I'm sure some parents are still wearing PJs.

I love this pink top from Old Navy and I always get lots of compliments when I wear pink (though I do admit my wardrobe is mostly more neutrals and softer colors). When I picked him up from camp he told me my shirt was too bright.

It's 110 degrees out sticking with a casual look #ootd #instafashion #gap shirt #oldnavy shoes #Ross bracelets #wristsoiree

I'm trying to branch out a bit and try some new things. Back to school shopping with my son and I tried on some cheetah print sneakers - "Mom, those aren't really your style"

Are your kids your clothing critics? What age did they start?
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday { #wiww }

I'm a huge fan of the idea behind The Pleated Poppy's What I Wore blog linkup - documenting your daily outfits in an effort to get out of the sweats or yoga pants. Since losing weight and just feeling 1000x better I've been making an effort to dress better each day so I'm joining in for #wiww

note - still working on the best way to take outfit selfies - any tips to share?

It's 110 degrees out sticking with a casual look #ootd #instafashion #gap shirt #oldnavy shoes #Ross bracelets #wristsoiree

Its hot here and my day most consisted of errands and taking the kid to camp so keeping it casual.
shirt Old Navy
shorts Gap
shoes Ross
bracelets Wrist Soiree

#ootd #instafashion shirt #anntaylorloft pants #gap shoes #Clarks bracelets #charmingcharlie earrings #icantremember (maybe charming charlie)

Jeans Gap
Shoes Clarks
Bracelets Charming Charlie

#ootd black shirt #mombomb skirt #junkinthetrunk necklace #nordstrom shoes #nordstrom #instafashion

Meet the Teacher night at school so I wanted to dress up a bit. This much color and pattern is an example of how I'm trying to branch out from my basic pieces in neutral colors.

shirt Mom Bomb
necklace Nordstrom Brass Plum
skirt vendor at Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market

#ootd #instafashion  #americaneagle shoes #clarks bracelets #wristsoiree

shirt American Eagle
jeans Nordstrom
bracelets Wrist Soiree

Please visit The Pleated Poppy's What I Wore linkup for this week