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Monday
Apr142014

San Diego Magazine's Best of North County Party 2014

While I've been spending a lot more time "down south" these days, you know I'm a North County (San Diego) girl at heart. The beaches, the stores... and our new and evolving foodie scene has me falling in love with my all over again. That's why I love anything that showcases and celebrates my little area of the world - like San Diego Magazine's Best of North County Party!

This year, the 4th annual Best of North County Party will be held on April 25, 2014 at the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad. This vibrant event celebrates the April 2014 Best of North County feature as well as the region’s top chefs, featuring some of the best restaurants, breweries, wineries and live entertainment in the city.

 

This year’s event sponsors and partners are: Park Hyatt Aviara, Jackson Design & Remodeling, Audi, Valley View Casino & Hotel, Welk Resorts, Bella D’ora Spa & Salon, Stella Artois, Pandora Internet Radio, KIND Healthy Snacks, Yelp North County, NBC 7 San Diego, San Diego 6 Degrees, San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival and SanDiegoVille.com
Some other key exhibitors include:
» Aloha Sunday
» Baja Body Athletic Club
» Bernardo Winery
» Bonaventour Indoor Cycling and Yoga Studio
» California Fruit Wine Co.
» Culture Brewing Co.
» DJ Daniel Peterson
» FitWall La Jolla
» Mother Earth Brew Co
» Mobile Photo Booth
» Oceanside Ale Works
» On The Tracks Brewery
» Prohibition Brewing Company
» Rip Current Brewing
» Rita's Carlsbad
» Rubio's
» San Diego Brewers Guild
» Searsucker Del Mar
» Solterra Winery
» St Petersburg Vodka
» Stella Artois Cidre
» VG Donut and Bakery
» White Labs
To purchase tickets or learn more information about San Diego Magazine’s Best of North County Party, please visit sandiegomagazine.com/noco2014.

Want $10 off? Use code HIPMAMAB when buying your tickets!

Cheers and see you soon!

 

 

Thursday
Mar202014

Be Happy

It's been awhile since I've posted... it was a NY resolution to post more. As you can see, that resolution went nowhere quickly. 

Bear with me. Work, kids, and single life is kicking my butt but alas, I am happy. 

*I'm doing some fun things with RedEnvelope these days... you should totally check out our blog!

Thursday
Dec122013

A Few of My Favorite Things: The New House Call App 

 

 

I'm not going to lie. Life has been challenging of late. The full-time working single mom thing is a delicate balance of schedules and sanity. One little thing can disrupt the entire balance... throw in a bunch of things like Halloween/Birthdays/School Breaks/Thanksgiving/Christmas and you are in full on "trying to not drop too many balls" mode. 

That has been me over the past few weeks. Trying not to drop the important things. 

Being a single mom means that sometimes things don't get done. Light bulbs that require a ladder to change often stay out longer than they should. Dishes don't get done right after dinner... and sometimes not until after dinner the next night. While I was proud of myself for getting out all the boxes of Holiday decorations, there was one thing I just wasn't sure how I was going to do - get a tree. 

I'm a sucker for a real tree. And despite the allure of it being pre-lit and no mess, I've yet to go the route of the fake one. We always got a real tree, and to me, a fake one wasn't going to cut it. Since we're not going to even be here on Christmas, I planted the seed with the kids that maybe a tree wasn't going to happen this year. 

Then I got a pitch from a local PR agency for a new locally-based app called House Call. An app that makes it easy to schedule things around your house - from mobile car detailing, maid service, computer-tech support to Christmas tree delivery. 

Yes. They will go to the lot, pick out a tree based on what you want, deliver it and bring it into your house. While I will admit that at first I was a little sad about not going to the lot and picking out a tree, I looked at my calendar and custody schedule and realized that if I wanted to do that, I should have done it 2 weeks ago. Done and Done. Yesterday I scheduled my tree delivery and today the tree was delivered... by Buddy the Elf. 

I had just gotten home from work, the nanny just left, and there was a knock at the door. I told the kids it was probably the tree... I expected, well, a tree delivery man... but when Lucas and Zoe opened the door and started laughing, smiling and screaming I was a little surprised. 

In walks Roland, one of the co-founders of the app in all his 6ft something glory rocking a full on Buddy the Elf costume. It was... well... just fabulous. I seriously teared up at how amazing it was that there are still people out there with such passion and drive that they would take launching their business and making a kid's Christmas, that much to heart. 

 

The kids thought it was the coolest thing ever.. hey, I thought it was the coolest thing ever! I know I'm not alone out there, there are millions of single moms trying to do all they can for their kids. I also know that my kids are not alone, there are many kids out there going through thier first holidays with altered family environments. But things like this make the whole process just a little easier on all of us. It was like our very own dose of Christmas magic. 

While I'm not sure you will always get Buddy the Elf delivering your tree, the service alone is a god-send for any busy person. And the special attention to detail put into my experience shows me just how much this new company cares about what they are doing. 

Thank you to the House Call Christmas elves! I will be using your service for years to come!

HipMamaB Readers: Use code HipMamaB10 for $10 off!

For more information on the HouseCall app, visit www.tryhousecall.com and/or check out this video:

 

DISCLOSURE: HouseCall provided me with a $100 credit to try their service. Opinions and mad gushing over this amazing service are my own. 

Monday
Dec092013

A Few of My Favorite Things: UberFood San Diego

 

There was a point a few weeks ago where I Instgrammed out a picture of the current state of my refrigerator:

I believe my comment on the image was something to the effect of "I feel like a college student. All I have in my fridge is a little milk and some beer left over from a party." I didn't do it for any sympathy, more because I actually found it a little funny. 

A few days later, I Instagrammed out a picture of my dinner... a toasty bowl of Top Ramen.

 

I believe my comment on this image was something to the effect of "Continuing with the college-esque food theme going on in my house... being a working single mom is a lot like being in college at times..." Once again, I was just looking for the irony in my situation. Alas, someone was paying attention. Not being able to stand my lack of available, pre-made, good tasting and good for me food, the nice people at uberfood offered to deliver dinner the next week. 

uberfood is a new, farm to table food delivery service in San Diego. They bring healthy meals to families like mine and they do a great job at finding the sweet spot between sophisticated and kid-friendly meals. They delivered a free-range roasted chicken with grilled vegetables, aged cheddar mac and cheese, and an organic salad to my office so I could take it home with me. It was a substantial amount of food and the quality actually blew my expectations. It was the best food I’ve ever had from a recycled plastic container. 

Also, I think they were much happier with the next food pic I Instagrammed. :)

 

You can find their menu at www.uberfoodSD.com. They deliver to La Jolla, Carmel Valley, and Del Mar Monday through Thursday.
*Disclosure: uberfood delivered this yummy meal free of charge. Opinions and pictures are my own. 
Sunday
Dec012013

Things You May Find in Your Parents Garage... 

Thanksgiving weekend. If you were at your parents house, you may have seen old friends, revisited old stories, and then searched around for all your old things. It's been 20 years since I graduated, my things have long since been moved to the garage... So I braved the depths in search of year books and memorabilia. And what I found was quite hilarious and oddly horrifying....

Moral of the story? Your tape collection from Jr. High and Vintage toys are both, equally, scary as hell. Especially cross-dressing headless Ken dolls and Milli Vanilli.