Bungalows at Pacific Edge Hotel + Giveaway!

Rent one of the gorgeous bungalows at the @PacificEdge Hotel and it includes your own private patio with delicious food and beverage service. And that view!!! #pacificedgelagunaWho wants to win a ‘daycation’ to this gorgeous Laguna Beach location? The answer is ALL OF YOU! Click through to enter the contest to win your own day use of one of the private beach bungalows at The Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach! And be warned, you are going to super jealous of the fun family beach day I had there last week! 

This rad view is what you will see off your private patio in front of your private bungalow. What is a bungalow exactly? It’s like your own private living room only a few feet from the ocean!@PacificEdge Hotel in Laguna Beach has amazing bungalows you can rent for a rad day at the beach! You can enter to win your own "daycation!" #pacificedgelagunaThe Pacific Edge Hotel (a Joie de Vivre Hotel – the same cool peeps that own the Saguaros in Palm Springs and Scottsdale!) is located about half a mile from Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Their hotel rooms have recently undergone a refresh but what I’m super excited about, especially for you locals, is their private bungalows! The hotel has 5 bungalows, each designed by a local company that you can rent for day use. Arrive right at 11 am to make sure you get the most out of your beach day. And since you don’t have to “check out” until 8 pm, you will really get to take advantage of your ocean view. The private bungalows at @PacificEdge Hotel are perfect for family days but would also be so fun with your girlfriends! #pacificedgelagunaThe hotel recently invited a few of us bloggers, and our kids, to come spend a few hours at the beach to check out the bungalows. Every single detail is thought of. From the crazy cool designs in each room, to the attendants that make sure you are well taken care of. This is THE way to do the beach. And you can enter the hotel’s giveaway for a ‘daycation’ below!The @gorjanabrand bungalow at the @PacificEdge Hotel Laguna Beach is absolutely stunning! The decor is coastal chic  and super homey. #pacificedgelagunaLocal jewelry designer, Gorjana Griffin, recently did a refresh on their bungalow and it is absolutely stunning! Everything in the room was coastal inspired with all these great layered textures and the prettiest color palette. The rooms seriously look like they are straight out of a home design magazine. Coastal decor in the @gorjanabrand bungalow at the @PacificEdge Hotel Laguna Beach. #pacificedgelagunaThe rooms are not huge, but have seating for at least 7 people plus you have a private patio right outside the door with deck furniture.  The rooms are super comfortable and I have no idea how they keep everything looking so nice considering these are being used by people getting wet and sandy on the beach below. (You can see a better view of this full room in Mary’s instagram post – bottom right corner).@PacificEdge Hotel is the best beach hotel in Orange County! The hotel offers rentable bungalows for enjoying a day at the beach in style. #pacificedgelagunaEach room has air conditioning and a flat screen TV making this a great spot for the kids (or you) to take a break from the sun (although I didn’t check to see if they get Bravo…).The Sailor Jerry Bungalow at the @PacificEdge Hotel is amazing! It's super cool and is like having your own private living room steps from the ocean! #pacificedgelagunaThe rooms also feature a kitchen area with fridge stocked with beverages to keep you hydrated. No outside food is allowed, but The Deck on Laguna Beach (one of two restaurants that are part of the hotel) can take care all of your food and beverage needs. This bungalow is designed by the Sailor Jerry Rum company. Notice that the colors are a bit darker and more masculine and a totally different vibe than the one I previously shared with you above. Bungalow rentals at the @PacificEdge Hotel include a living room with air conditioning and flat screen TV, a kitchen area, private bathroom, a private deck and so much more! #pacificedgelagunaHow relaxing does this look!!!! Hotel staff says that people rent these bungalows for a fantastic family beach day but also for bridal showers, or sometimes even to watch Sunday Football! I might even watch football if I got to watch it in one of these. The other three bungalows are designed by Fox, Billabong and XS. The Sailor Jerry bungalow at the @PacificEdge Hotel has it's own pinball machine to keep the kids entertained. #pacificedgelagunaThe Sailor Jerry room also has this cool vintage pinball machine that the kids couldn’t get enough of.When you rent a private bungalow at @pacificedge Hotel in Laguna Beach, you get a gorgeous bathroom plus kitchen area and private patio. #pacificedgelagunaAnd each room comes with a legit bathroom. This is strictly for use by those people in your bungalow with you. Which means this isn’t your typical beach bathroom. Like a normal hotel room, shampoo, conditioner and soap is provided. How awesome that you can take a quick shower to clean up before dinner if you want! My kids rinsed off in here after getting super sandy at the beach which meant I didn’t have to return home with half the beach in my car. Rent a private bungalow in Laguna Beach at the @PacificEdge Hotel! You can enter to win a "daycation" too! #pacificedgelagunaOnce you arrive at your bungalow, you don’t need to go anywhere, for anything. You will have a server to help you with all your food and beverage ordering. Best food and service by The Deck in Laguna Beach at the @PacificEdge Hotel. #pacificedgelagunaThe food from The Deck on Laguna Beach was SO delicious! This is certainly not how I usually eat while at the beach. But guess what, now that I know it’s available, I think I only want to do the beach this way…Enjoy a delicious cocktail from The Deck on Laguna on the private deck of your bungalow at the @PacificEdge Hotel. #pacificedgelagunaBecause cocktails. Alcohol is not allowed on the sand (although you can get food and regular beverages delivered right to your lounge chair), but you can enjoy one of the Deck’s specialty cocktails in your bungalow or on your patio. I mean, that view totally doesn’t suck. The drink didn’t either.This delicious lunch is served in bungalow,  by The Deck on Laguna Beach at the @PacificEdge Hotel. #pacificedgelagunaThere are lunch options to please everyone including the kids. This caprese was fresh and perfect for a beach side lunch. The burger looked crazy good and that mac and cheese was good enough for me to steal from my son. The kids are treated like VIP's in the private bungalows at the @PacificEdge Hotel Laguna Beach. #pacificedgelagunaDid I mention dessert? Along with the plated dessert options available on the menu, they also have ice cream bars for the kids. The kids definitely enjoyed the cold treat on a this hot day! Beachside service at the @PacificEdge Hotel in Laguna Beach. #pacificedgelagunaGetting to have an attendant set out a beach lounger for you is such a luxury. And look how close you are to the water. This is the perfect situation for sitting and relaxing while still being able to keep your eye on your kids playing in the water.
Family beach day in Laguna Beach. @pacificedge #pacificedgelagunaIt’s the best of everything. You get waited on and your kids get to get crazy in the water. This beach is private for the hotel so although there are people walking past, the area in front of the hotel is not that crowded. I have to be honest. I have never really taken my kids to the beach. And we live 20 minutes away. There is so much to schlep. With my skin cancer issues I shouldn’t be in the sun and I don’t understand how to lug and use a beach umbrella. You have to take lunch and snacks and drinks. And you are usually parking a long way from where you will end up. But THIS makes perfect sense to me. While we can’t afford to do this all the time, it certainly makes the idea of the beach possible for me.  Family fun in Laguna Beach. You should totally rent a bungalow at the @PacificEdge Hotel. It's like having your own living room right at the beach. Including a private bathroom with shower. #pacificedgelagunaSeeing how happy my kids were playing in the water confirmed that we need to visit the beach more. And seeing as I got married in Laguna Beach, this is and always has been our favorite beach. Spend a great family day at the beach at @pacificedge Hotel's private beach! The best way to do the beach with kids! #pacificedgelagunaBut then this makes me think otherwise…Blogger Playdate at the @PacificEdge Hotel in Laguna Beach, #pacificedgelagunaWe had such an amazing time getting to check out the bungalows at The Pacific Edge Hotel. Thank you to the hotel and staff who treated us like VIPs all day long as we enjoyed the surf and sand. Check out the hashtag #pacificedgelaguna on social media to see more pics from our fun day!

Now let’s talk pricing really quickly. The rates for these bungalows change based on the time of year and the day of the week. At the moment (July, 2015) rates start at $250 for weekdays and can be about $500 for weekends. Remember you can fit about 10-12 people per bungalow so you could easily split this cost among families or girlfriends. This price does NOT include food (again, minimums depend on several factors), gratuities or parking (over 1 car per bungalow). It’s best to check with the hotel for exact pricing and availability I just wanted you to know going in what the costs are so you can plan accordingly. I’m in the process of planning a girl’s day out here and the cost is totally worth it (as long as no one flakes out and I’m stuck with the remainder of the bill…)The food in the Bungalows at the @PacificEdge Hotel in Laguna Beach is provided by The Deck,  the only open air restaurant on the water in Laguna. And the food is AMAZING! #pacificedgelagunaDon’t you want to spend a beach day in one of the bungalows? Enter the contest via the hotel’s rafflecopter widget below! And if you win, you have to invite me…ok, you don’t but it would be way cooler if you did.

*I was invited to spend a day at the bungalows to review them. All opinions are my own. Also, this contest is only sponsored by Pacific Edge Hotel. Head to this page to read all the rules and exact prize

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And are you as obsessed with Snapchat as I am? Here is my  Snapchat Story straight from the beach! Bear with me, I’m new to Snapchat, youtube, videos etc. Not sure why there is a big black hole in there. Or why my voice sounds like I was on helium…

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Refinery 29 Style Festival at the Brea Mall

Style Festival at the Brea Mall with Refinery 29! Or find this even at a Simon Mall near you! Hey Orange County peeps! Looking for something cool to do this weekend? Come check out the Style Festival at Brea Mall this Saturday, June 20th from noon to 5 pm! Refinery 29 and Simon have teamed up to bring you the latest in fashion, rad DIYs and the best in summer music! Check out the Style Stage to find out what the hottest trends for summer are. Visit the DIY and Beauty Stage to have your hair braided or make a DIY band tee! And don’t even think about missing MS MR play live! (I LOVE this band!) I’ll be there so come say hi! And be sure to follow Brea Mall on Instagram. I’ll be taking over their account from 12 – 1 pm sharing what is happening at the event!
Refinery 29 and Simon Malls team up to bring you Style Festival with great bands and fun fashion! Not in California? This event will be traveling around the country so head to one near you! And visit the Style Festival website to see all the details, like who is playing in your mall (Just an FYI, I’m seriously thinking about flying to Miami just so I can see my favorite IN LIFE, Twin Shadow). And be sure to check out the Style Festival Spotify playlist. It’s really all you need for summer.

Hope to see you Saturday!

Saturday, June 20th, 2015  .  Noon – 5 pm  . Brea Mall  .  500 Brea Mall Way 

Sessions Deli Newport Beach

Great lunch spot in Newport Beach, CA. Session Deli.This post is a looooooong time coming. These images got buried down in my photos so I kept forgetting to put them on my post schedule. But there is one thing that I have not forgotten about. And that is how delicious Sessions West Coast Deli is. My family popped in for a quick lunch while we were out and about in Newport a while back and YOU GUYS! All of it was crazy good. I’m not someone who sets out to eat a sandwich. In fact, I will usually check out EVERYTHING else on the menu before I eat a sandwich but then I saw the menu.

Sessions Deli in Newport Beach. Delicious sandwiches and amazing homemade chips! The menu features inventive sandwiches as well as some classics and also hot dogs and salads. And just look how cool the whole vibe is. That menu to the left is the kid’s menu. Again, these are from a while ago so it may have a different design now but I’m sure it is equally as rad.

Great lunch spot in Newport Beach, CA. Session Deli.The spot itself is on the small side with a few indoor and a few outdoor tables. I can imagine at lunch hour this place gets insane. I highly suggest trying it out at an off time for a really great experience. And yes, I early bird at lunch too. It’s just more efficient.

Cool design at Sessions Deli in Newport Beach.The design is awesome. The staff is friendly. I really wish this place was around the corner from my house.

Sessions dog from Sessions Deli in Newport Beach. But the food is the real star of the show at Sessions deli Newport Beach. It is a little bit more expensive than some other lunch spots but totally worth it. I had the Summer Zephyr with fresh mozzarella, marinated tomato, basil aioli, baby arugula with pickled onion and a balsamic reduction on a toasted french roll. WHAT!?! Super fresh, bursting with flavor and that roll! THIS is what a sandwich is supposed to taste like. Both my boys got Sessions dogs and added the toppings that they love, like the one above with guacamole and bacon. My husband got the Greatfella full of Italian meats and it was gone so fast I didn’t get a picture. But let’s talk about their homemade potato chips for a minute. I believe they are called Shaka Spuds and they are sent from heaven.  With rosemary and parmesan cheese, these are something that must be experienced for yourself. I’ve thought about them several times since eating there. It has actually caused me to create a business plan in my head for a drive-thru potato chip operation. With these chips being the star of the show.

Have you been? Add it to your to-do list for the next time you are in Orange County! BTW this is not sponsored, I just like sharing yummy local spots with you. If you aren’t local, just pin it for your next trip!

Sessions West Coast Deli

Check out these other Orange County favorites:
Fig and Olive

Bacchus Bar and Bistro

Blaze Pizza

Breakfast Date and Oatmeal Recipe from Corner Bakery

*My son and I were treated to breakfast at our local Corner Bakery.  And I enjoyed my oatmeal so much I’m sharing the recipe with you. All opinions are mine. The most delicious Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oats (and recipe!) from Corner Bakery.  A delicious breakfast! #sponsored //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIs it odd to say that I miss my youngest son? I’ve been with both my kids all summer, every day, except for a few quick trips. But I miss my baby. Although he was in preschool a few days a week, we still had a few days where we would run errands together, hang out together and do projects together. But since my other son is out of school too, they play more together and I do more chores around the house or errands by myself on the weekends. I miss my little buddy! So I decided to take him on a breakfast date with me to Corner Bakery. A month ago I got invited to a media event at our local restaurant. I couldn’t make that event so they sent me gift certificates so I could try out their featured menu items on my own. It was the perfect opportunity for me to reconnect with my little guy who starts kindergarten this fall!

And the Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal blew my mind! That is not an exaggeration. I REALLY liked it! And I get to share the recipe with you. But first, more on my breakfast date…

Apple hand pie from @cornerbakery #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI got totally duped by this amazing looking bakery treat.  I thought it was a pop tart so I told my son he could have it. Then, when we were asking about the flavors, I was told it was an Apple Hand Pie… So my son got pie for breakfast…This breakfast date was all about making memories so I just rolled with it. And he was delighted to get a hot chocolate too. And I got to eat some too. The pie was delicious.

Bacon and apple hand pie from @cornerbakery for a mommy and son breakfast date. #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe worked the hand pie in to more of a full breakfast by adding on a side of bacon.  Breakfast of champions, right here.

Bacon and palm trees. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis one suddenly loves bacon.  Look how happy it makes him.

Breakfast Selfie! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd when they ask to take selfies, you always say yes.  I just knew I would have to delete about 30 of the same exact photo.

A mommy and son breakfast date to @cornerbakery #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comIt was so fun to be able to have a leisurely breakfast and chat with my son.  We were not at all rushed and had a great time just hanging out.  I think it is so good to be able to spend one on one time with your kids when you can. It is sometimes really hard to fit in but it is so important.  I can’t wait to schedule something with my oldest!

Tic Tac Toe on kid's menu from  @CornerBakery for our breakfast date.  The perfect way to spend one on one time with a child.  #sponsored //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAfter breakfast we played a very artistic version of tic tac toe.  My son was more interested in us creating designs than actually playing.

Customizing coffee cup sleeves at @cornerbakery on our breakfast date.  #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAnd then he decided he wanted to customize our coffee cup sleeves. I love his use of color.

Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal Recipe from @cornerbakery SO good! #sponsored // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut back to this oatmeal. This chilled oatmeal is the perfect oatmeal for summer.  The Berry Almond Swiss Oats is a seasonal item on the Corner Bakery menu so hurry in to try it before its gone.  Or you can use this oatmeal recipe at home, all year round!

Corner Bakery's Chilled Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. Old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup Dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Currants or raisins
  • 1 TBSP sugar (or to taste based on sweetness)
  • 2 cups Low Fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups Skim milk
  • Granny Smith apple, medium sized, chopped
  • Banana, medium sized, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh strawberries chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/8 cup sliced toasted almonds

Instructions

  1. Mix oats, cranberries, currants and sugar in a large bowl.
  2. Add yogurt and skim milk, mix well and let sit 15 minutes.
  3. Dice the apple and banana, add to oats mixture and let sit another 15-30 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh strawberries, blueberries and toasted almonds.
  5. Serve chilled.
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/oatmeal-recipe-from-corner-bakery/

While in the restaurant be sure to try some of their new menu items, released at the beginning of July, the Buttermilk Pancakes with Berries and the Spicy Asian Pork Hot Toasted Sandwich!

Thanks for breakfast Corner Bakery! We really enjoyed it!

 

New Red Robin Allergy Friendly Interactive Menu

*The Red Robin information and gift cards have been provided by Red Robin.  I was sent a gift card to Red Robin to try out their new Interactive Allergen Friendly Menu Builder portion of their website.  I jumped at the chance because Red Robin was one of the first restaurants that I let my food allergic son eat out at because the staff and management ALWAYS went out of their way to ensure his safety.  With the creation and launch of this new meal planning feature, making allergen free dining even easier and safer, I wanted to share my experience with you all.  All opinions are mine.Whiskey River BBQ wrap at Red Robin.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com #sponsoredI LOVE Red Robin.  And always have.  From their high octane cocktails that I discovered in college (Sand in Your Shorts was always my go-to but I probably haven’t had that in about 10 years!) to their fries (I’m obsessed with their fries!) and on to my current favorite the Whiskey River BBQ wrap, I could eat at Red Robin daily.  But I don’t.  We really don’t eat out all that much.  I prefer to save money and make dinner at home.  But it wasn’t always like that.  I pretty much unconsciously set out to NOT learn how to cook from my mom growing up.  So when I got married, and even after I had my first child, I was getting some homemade meals on the table but they were NOT nutritious, particularly tasty or frequent.  All of that changed when I found out my son had tons of food allergies at one year old.  He had had continual, severe eczema for 6 months and I was desperate to get to the root of the problem.  I will never forget one Monday night, however, when the phone rang and it was his doctor.  After months of trying crazy harsh creams and steroids, we finally did a blood test to see if it was food allergies.  It was after 5 pm when the call came and she said, “He’s allergic to milk, eggs, soy, peanut, probably shellfish and other tree nuts.  You can give him Rice Milk.  They sell it at Whole Foods.”  And with that, I was left to navigate his food allergies on my own.  We changed pediatricians and I got to work trying to figure out what would be safe to feed him.  I did my research online and in books and by wandering Sprouts and Whole Foods.  I immediately had teach myself to cook and made pretty much all of his food.  I didn’t feel confidant with reading labels to know if I was going to give him something that would harm him.  And I certainly didn’t feel comfortable taking him out to restaurants and having to rely on someone else’s knowledge, or lack thereof, of food allergies to keep him safe.

Red Robin has a new allergen free meal builder to create your perfect, and safe meal.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com #sponsoredI brought all of his food with me wherever we went.  If he did come to a restaurant with us I carefully wiped down the table and made sure he wasn’t sitting by anyone that had one of the food’s he couldn’t have.  But finally, when he was about 4, I decided that if I wanted to give him more of a normal childhood experience in terms of dining out, that I should take the next step of trying to navigate restaurant menus.  One of the first places I went was Red Robin.  I did some research on line and felt that there was at least some conversation about allergies on their site.  I called a manager and inquired about food allergies and decided to try it out.  Even back then they handled food allergies with ease.  And it was a place he could eat where I felt he was safe with fries no less!  So when I got an email asking if I would like to check out the new Red Robin allergy friendly interactive menu builder, I jumped at the chance.  A few Saturdays ago, the family and I headed to Red Robin for lunch.

Dining out with food allergies.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com #sponsoredWhile it is possible to pull up the website on your own phone (and of course from your home computer), the manager at our Red Robin location brought us out an iPad to view the menu builder on.  Of course my son had to try it out first.  I think he really just wanted to see if they had Minecraft on the iPad.  Red Robin trains all team members on how to deal with dietary restrictions and modifications to their menus.  The use special allergy alerts in different type so it is clear on every order.  The alert notifies the kitchen that a special allergen kit is required for the order.  The kit includes tools that are to be used on allergen orders only and are purple to clearly distinguish them from other kitchen tools.  Awesome!

December Loves

mozza newport beachSorry for the terrible iPhone pic, but we tried out a new restaurant a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING!  If you are in Orange County and haven’t tried Pizzeria Mozza yet, you HAVE to.  It was phenomenal.  We tried a bunch of different things and all of it was perfection.  And this cocktail, the Holiday Garland I think it was called, was sensational!  A spiced cranberry reduction with bourbon and a cranberry gelee garnish.  FTW!  I had 3 of them!  3!! I never have three cocktails when I’m out.  And I was able to walk myself out so they may have been light on the liquor.  Or my belly was THAT full of delicious yumminess.  We also spotted a celeb chef eating there.  That is always a good sign.

k-and-i-at-microsoft-p.s.-i-made-this-partyKristin and I attended a party thrown by Microsoft hosted by Erica of P.S. I Made This to showcase holiday gift DIYS that can be done with their products.  We got to take home these awesome plastic ornaments that were printed on a 3D printer! (image via Getty Images for Microsoft)

fresh-paint-custom-wrapping-paperWe also got to create our own wrapping paper.  Using the Fresh Paint program, Kristin drew a Christmas tree pattern and then it was printed out for her!  SO cool!  I’m dying to play with Fresh Paint some more.

custom-thank-you-noteIt is rare that a company sends out a thank you note after working with you on a project.  It makes sense, you sometimes are working with a PR company and not the actual brand.  And some of their campaigns include a huge number of bloggers.  But I got this thank you note from Chinet (remember this post?) and thought it was super cool.  Not only was the message very nice but it was personalized with the name of my blog right on the front.  I thought it was a really nice touch.

abe-lincoln-sweatshirtYou all know that I love U.S. President’s right?  I saw a girl wearing this sweatshirt when we were at Disneyland and I almost stopped her to ask her where it was from.  I googled it once we got home and found out it was from Forever 21 (says no longer available but they have this version too)!  Sold!  It’s my fave.

hooray-cake-topperI can’t wait to use this cake topper from Little Cat Design Co. available at Sweet and Saucy Shop!  My youngest is turning 5 a few days after Christmas and this will be coolin’ out on top of his cake.  They come in a bunch of colors and phrases and if you live in Orange County, you can order over the phone/email and then pick it up in one of their stores (I went to the Newport Beach location).  That way you save on shipping AND since you are in the bakery, you might as well pick yourself up some delightful treats.

What did you love  this month?