Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Mon, 22 Feb 2021 05:02:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net 32 32 111966601 Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa Guide and Itinerary for Families https://rockinmama.net/miramonte-resort-indian-wells/ https://rockinmama.net/miramonte-resort-indian-wells/#respond Wed, 17 Feb 2021 03:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=71350 With temperatures expected to soar over 110, our plan was to lounge poolside during our stay at Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa. Very few of our trips involve true relaxation, so we welcomed the opportunity to enjoy the newly renovated resort located in the Coachella Valley of California.

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort and Spa

Consideration provided by Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa.

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa

I met with Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa in the Spring to learn more about their on-site family-friendly activities and the new renovations that have transformed the resort into a highly sought-out luxury destination. Located approximately 2 hours from Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego, Miramonte exudes luxury while appealing to families with kids. This “intimate desert oasis” is moderate in size with 215 rooms that span 11 acres. The resort is quiet and offers a tranquil escape from the busyness of the city.

Bedtime Cookies and Milk

Accommodations

We walked into our adjoining Junior Suites and nearly decided to stay put our entire stay. These newly renovated rooms offer ample space to relax and include a separate living area and a private patio with views of either the property’s citrus or rose gardens. The Junior Suite is available in one king bed or two queen beds and is ideal for mid-size families like ours.

If you prefer more space, consider booking a Villa Suite, which offers a private entrance and a garden adjacent to the Miramonte Pool. The expansive space includes a king bedroom, a living area with a sofa bed, a dining table that can seat four, and a private terrace with whirlpool.

The Miramonte Suite is the largest room available and features an apartment-style layout. The suite includes a king bedroom, a living area with sofa bed, a dining table that can seat eight, a wet bar, and a private balcony.

Fire Pit at Miramonte Resort

Miramonte Resort Amenities

Travel should be an escape from day-to-day life and all of its busyness. Where we stay is important and has the potential to affect our entire trip. As a working parent, there are several things I look for when booking a stay at a resort. Location and amenities are integral to that decision, and typically I prefer that a resort include some family-friendly activities.

Miramonte offers standard amenities like room service, complimentary wi-fi (essential!) an award-winning spa, wellness programs at their 24-hour fitness center, three on-site pools, board/lawn games, bike rentals, valet and self parking, and two on-site restaurants.  Additionally, the resort offers pet-friendly accommodations and provides guests access to Indian Wells Golf Resort. Indian Wells is highly sought out for their pristine golf courses, so providing access along with golf concierge and golf bag storage is compelling.

*It should be noted that the resort charges a daily fee to cover the above amenities.

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
 

Dining at Miramonte Resort

The importance of your resort having an on-site restaurant becomes vital when you’ve just arrived after a lengthy drive across the desert and your kids are hangry! Miramonte has two on-site restaurants including the new farm-to-table restaurant Citrus & Palm and the Tavern Bar.

Avocado Toast with Egg
Olive Oil and Honey Granola
Omelet
Smoked Salmon

Citrus & Palm

Executive Chef Paul Hancock heads up the new restaurant, which elevates the farm-to-fork experience. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features seasonal menus with locally-sourced ingredients. The property has an on-site garden where Hancock grows herbs, citrus, olives, and other ingredients used in his dishes.

We enjoyed breakfast at Citrus & Palm and loved the gourmet menu items like Lemon Ricotta Pancakes and Red Quinoa and Oats. Their kids’ menu is superb with items like avocado toast, for kids with diverse palates like my own.

Tavern Bar

If you are looking for a quick meal or something light, the Tavern Bar is ideal. Chef Hancock serves up cauliflower ceviche tostadas and blue fin tuna poke which can be enjoyed with hand-crafted cocktails. Every Saturday, the bar features live music.

Pool Floatie

Family-Friendly Activities at Miramonte Resort

Lawn Sports

I have vacationed with full itineraries and absolutely nothing scheduled. I prefer somewhere in the middle, where I have time to relax and still explore the resort we are staying at and the surrounding area. Miramonte offers a spacious lawn with outdoor games like Cornhole, Ladder ball, Giant Jenga, Giant Tic Tac Toe, and Bocce Ball for families to enjoy together. I recommend playing in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures are cooler.

Fresh Fruit
Grilled Salmon Salad
Quesadilla
Flatbread Pizza
Mini Ice Cream Sandwiches

Miramonte Pools and Cabanas

We spent a good majority of our time at the pool during our stay at Miramonte. The pools are open until 11 pm, so enjoy a late night swim since the temperatures are still warm enough in the area.

Each of the three pools offer poolside food and drink service, and cabanas are available for rent. The Miramonte Pool is the largest and offers stunning mountain views and a large heated whirlpool. The Hideaway Pool is quieter and less trafficked and includes sun decks and a heated whirlpool. The Aqua Well Pool is located in the private courtyard of The Well Spa and is a cool water pool set at 82 degrees. The River Bench is also located inside the courtyard and is set at 102 degrees, offering privacy and relaxation. The two pools located at the Well Spa are only available to spa guests, however, a day pass to the spa can be purchased for $30.

The best way to enjoy your time poolside is to rent a cabana. Chairs and umbrellas provide shade, but the cabana includes a refrigerator stocked with drinks, a seasonal fruit tray, a charcuterie plate, and a complimentary pitcher of margaritas or sangria. The daily rental also includes a $50 credit for additional food and beverages.

Cabana Pricing is as follows:

Friday-Sunday | $225/day
Monday-Thursday | $175/day
Cabana Rental Hours | 7am-5pm

Starlight Sip & Swim
Friday-Saturday | $100/night
Includes $50 food and drink credit
Cabana Rental Hours | 7pm – 11pm

Sunset over Miramonte

Summer Events and Activities at Miramonte

From Happy Hour and live entertainment to Taco Tuesdays and Wine Down Wednesdays, there is something for everyone to do at Miramonte!  Here is a list of their current summer events and activities:

Happy Hour at Citrus & Palm Tavern Monday
Friday 2 – 6 pm

Live Entertainment at Citrus & Palm Tavern
Saturdays 6 – 10 pm through July, Trio NV performing
Fridays 5 – 9 pm starting in August

Starlight Sip & Swim
Every Friday and Saturday 7 – 11 pm
$100 cabana Rentals, new poolside menu and cocktails!
Reserve and receive a $50 food and drink credit with cabana rental!

Tequila and Tacos Tuesdays 4 – 7 pm
Tuesdays 4 – 7 pm
$2 tacos, $5 house margarita, tequila flights available

Wine Down Wednesdays
1/2 price on all bottles of wine

Bubbly and Bites Thursdays 4 – 7 pm
Thursdays 4 – 7 pm
Champagne and berry bar with assorted champagnes
Champagne flights available
Tapas from $5-$7

Indian Wells

Indian Wells Family Vacation Itinerary

Looking for family-friendly activities in Palm Springs? I put together a simple list of things to do with kids in Palm Springs.

Start the day with breakfast at Citrus & Palm

Enjoy the 360-degree view from 8516 feet aboard the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Stroll through the deserts of the world at the Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens. Plus, you can feed the giraffes!

OR

Make a splash at Wet ‘n Wild!

End the day with a night swim during Miramonte’s Starlight Sip and Swim!

Courtyard Miramonte Resort

Miramonte Special Offers

Through the summer, Miramonte is offering an incredible deal on weekend getaways!

Through August 31, 2018, you can purchase one room and get the second room for half-off. Plus kids eat free during the summer!

For additional information or to book this offer, visit MiramonteResort.com/offers.

Miramonte Resort

Miramonte Indian Wells Resort & Spa Location

Miramonte is located at:

45000 Indian Wells Lane
Indian Wells, CA 92210

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Jurassic Quest https://rockinmama.net/jurassic-quest/ https://rockinmama.net/jurassic-quest/#respond Mon, 08 Feb 2021 04:36:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=84076 Southern California has undergone a prehistoric invasion! The nation’s largest touring dinosaur exhibit, Jurassic Quest, will educate and entertain families across the Southland this Spring.

Hosted.

Jurassic Quest

Jurassic Quest

The largest and most realistic dinosaur exhibition in North America has been transformed into a COVID-safe, drive-thru experience. Having toured 34 states and Canada, the exhibition features more than 70 true-to-life sized dinosaur replicas from the land and the sea, including the T. Rex, Triceratops, and Megalodon.

Dinosaurs at Jurassic Quest

Jurassic Quest was developed in collaboration with leading paleontologists and each dinosaur was replicated in painstaking detail. These dinosaurs are brought to life with “scaly” skin, feathers, and/or fur. The dinosaurs also exhibit realistic movement and sound.

During the drive-thru experience, families will embark on a quest with an online audio tour. Encounter some of the largest dinosaurs to roam the earth and eerie marine creatures that lurked deep within the ocean.

Jurassic Quest Drive Thru

Jurassic Quest Tour and Tickets

Experience Jurassic Quest at the following SoCal locations:

  • Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena: Jan. 15-31
  • OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa: Feb. 5-14
  • Fairplex in Pomona: Feb. 19-28

Tickets should be purchased in advance at JurassicQuest.com. Admission for each vehicle is $49 (up to 8 people) for the hour-long experience.   

Jurassic Quest Logo

Tickets include a meet and greet with a baby dinosaur and their team of trainers. Capture the moment with a safari-style photo of your family inside your vehicle as you are transported back in time. One “We Survived Jurassic Quest” photo is included with each ticket purchase.

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Girl Scout Cookie Season 2021 – Giveaway https://rockinmama.net/girl-scout-cookie-season-2021/ https://rockinmama.net/girl-scout-cookie-season-2021/#comments Thu, 28 Jan 2021 04:22:27 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=84023 Last week, I had the privilege and honor of speaking with my daughter’s girl scout troop about my role as a pediatric nurse, and how the skills I learned as a girl scout prepared me for my career. Skills like identifying and solving problems in the community and displaying positive values are invaluable as girls grow and mature. Despite the challenges we have faced over the past year due to COVID-19, the girls continued to meet, completing service projects, teaching a younger group of Girl Scouts and continuing to work on bridging. We are entering Girl Scout Season, one of the most important and renowned programs. And while things might look different this year, I’ll tell you how you can support your local Girl Scouts with your favorite Girl Scout Cookie.

Partner

Selling Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scouts

At the core of the Girls Scouts is the development of leaders. All-girl and girl-led, the Girl Scouts inspire girls to practice varied skills, explore their potential and take on leadership positions. The result is girls who develop a strong sense of self, seek challenges and learn from setbacks, display positive values, form and maintain healthy relationships, and identify and solve problems in the community.

Girl Scout Cookie Season

Like many Girl Scouts, I have wonderful memories of Girl Scout Cookie Season. With my mom’s help, I’d sell cookies at her place of employment, around my neighborhood, and to our family and friends.

Girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program gain entrepreneurial skills including money management, people skills, goal-setting, decision-making, and business ethics. It is through the Cookie Program that girls practice entrepreneurship, learn critical life skills, explore the great outdoors, and engage in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

2021 Girl Scout Cookie Lineup

2021 Cookie Program Highlights

This year, Girl Scout Cookie season runs January 11 to March 7, 2021. At present, Girl Scouts are selling cookies online and in the community with safe cookie buying options (look for the Girl Scouts door hangers). Beginning February 12th, look for Girl Scout Cookie Booth Sales in front of grocery and retail stores (dependent on local COVID-19 guidelines). National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend runs February 19 – 21, 2021.

New this year, Girl Scouts of Orange County have partnered with Grub Hub to have cookies delivered to your door (in select areas).

This year’s cookie lineup includes the following:

  • Thin Mints® (vegan)
  • Girl Scout S’mores™ (vegan)
  • Caramel DeLites®
  • Peanut Butter Patties (vegan)
  • Shortbread
  • Lemonades® (vegan)
  • Peanut Butter Sandwich
  • Toast-Yay!™ (new for 2021, this French toast–inspired cookie is dipped in icing and full of flavor)
  • Gluten free Caramel Chocolate Chip

Each package of Girl Scout cookies is $5.00 (Gluten-free cookies are $6.00). If you prefer not to buy cookies for yourself, you can purchase a tax-deductible Cookie Share, which donates cookies to our country’s military and local food banks. This is a very popular option and every year, more than 50,000 boxes of cookies are donated to charitable organizations across the country.

Every cookie package purchased is an investment in our future leaders and the money earned is used to power their opportunities and adventures. I also appreciate that 100 percent of the net revenue stays local as an investment in girls and their leadership capabilities. Together, troops decide how proceeds will be used and all revenue earned stays within the local community to support these life-changing programs.

To find Girl Scout Cookies near you, visit GirlScoutCookies.org.

Girl Scout Cookie Giveaway

One of you will win a package which includes all nine varieties of Girl Scout cookies. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment with your favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor. Comments will close on February 10th, 2021 at 11:59 pm PST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru Experience at SeaWorld San Diego https://rockinmama.net/sesame-street-parade-of-lights-drive-thru-experience-at-seaworld-san-diego/ https://rockinmama.net/sesame-street-parade-of-lights-drive-thru-experience-at-seaworld-san-diego/#respond Sat, 16 Jan 2021 19:20:20 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=83986 Last year, the re-emergence of the drive-thru took on creative iterations, with brands pivoting to provide meaningful experiences in the midst of a pandemic. Creativity abounded with Halloween and Christmas drive-thrus, drive-thru concerts and premieres, and educational drive-thru experiences. While SeaWorld is currently closed due to the latest Stay Home Order, the park just announced a brand new experience, Sesame Street Parade of Lights.

SeaWorld Sesame Street Parade of Lights

Post written in partnership with SeaWorld San Diego.

Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru

We visited SeaWorld during the holidays, right before the latest shutdown (as in the DAY before the shutdown), a welcome reprieve from pandemic life and a semblance of normalcy. I didn’t realize how much I missed the park and the unique experiences we have shared together as a family.

Fortunately, the brand is constantly working on ways to keep families connected. SeaWorld just announced a brand-new drive thru experience inspired by Sesame Street. Families can experience a parade of lights with their favorite Sesame Street characters to the tune of a lively Sesame Street soundtrack all from the comfort and safety of their vehicle.

Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru takes place inside the park, and as you pass through the entrance, your journey begins with thousands of dazzling lights lined with your favorite Sesame Street friends on parade floats. Continue your adventure under the illuminated SkyTower for a unique photo opp, drive through two tunnels of lights, and cruise through Sesame Street Village.

Sesame Street Parade of Lights

Know Before You Go

Safety is top priority, and face coverings are required at any point of contact with SeaWorld Ambassadors such as admission, merchandise, and food. Families must stay inside their vehicles throughout the experience.

Sesame Street Parade of Lights Drive-Thru Experience runs select nights January 15th through February 14th from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Price per vehicle starts at $49.99. SeaWorld Annual Pass Members save 50% on event admission. Pass Members also receive an additional discount on food, drink, and merchandise. Fun Card Holders save 25% on event admission. 

The drive-thru takes place at SeaWorld – San Diego, 500 SeaWorld Drive, San Diego, CA 92109.

Sesame Street Grover

Sesame Street Parade of Lights Add-Ons

Upgrade your experience with a Snack Pack add-on or purchase treats before your drive-thru including soft pretzels, cotton candy, and hot cocoa.

Sesame Street Parade of Lights: Snack Pack Add-On

The Drive-Thru Snack Pack Add-on includes two cups of Hot Chocolate, a Bubble Wand, a Cotton Candy Bag, a Souvenir Cup and a Souvenir Reusable bag! Paid Drive-Thru admission is required.

Sesame Street Parade of Lights: Deluxe Snack Pack Add-On

The Drive-Thru Deluxe Snack Pack Add-on includes two Hot Chocolates, a Cotton Candy Bag, one Small Plush, a Superhero Cape, a Bubble Wand, a Souvenir Cup and a Souvenir Reusable Bag. Paid Drive-Thru admission is required.

SeaWorld Park Map Drive Thru Parade of Lights
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Vegan Pozole Verde https://rockinmama.net/vegan-pozole-verde/ https://rockinmama.net/vegan-pozole-verde/#comments Sat, 02 Jan 2021 01:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=59259 This is part of a sponsored collaboration with JCPenney and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

With all of the excitement and anticipation that precedes Christmas, I admittedly feel a bit wistful come New Year’s Day. I’ve been known to keep the Christmas tree up until the first week of the New Year, in part as a way of celebrating Three King’s Day.

In Puerto Rico, Three King’s Day is highly venerated and deemed one of the most important holidays celebrated. Tradition holds that children who have been “good” throughout the year will receive a gift under their bed once they have placed grass in a box for the camels of the Three Wise Men along with a small snack or gift. Celebrations include music and food with a heavy emphasis on the religious aspect of this holiday.

Posole Verde

Food is an integral part of our celebrations, and in honor of Three King’s Day, I whipped up a savory Vegan Pozole Verde. Pozole (Posole) is a celebratory dish which originated in Mexico. With hominy as its base, this soup can be made with or without meat and is often seasoned and garnished with chile peppers, salsa, and limes. There are actually 3 variations of pozole (posole), red, green, and white, and variations are typically regional.

Posole Ingredients

This pozole verde features white beans, white corn hominy, onion, garlic, tomatillos, cilantro and oregano and is then garnished with fresh avocado, scallions, cilantro, pepitas, and lime.

Posole
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Vegan Pozole Verde

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry white beans
  • 1 cup dry white hominy corn
  • 2 tsp . olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 tomatillos
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano

For the Garnish

  • Avocado
  • Cilantro
  • Scallions
  • Pepitas
  • Lime

Instructions

  • Soak beans and hominy corn overnight
  • Rinse and drain beans and hominy before cooking
  • In a food processor, process tomatillos and cilantro until smooth
  • Sauté onions and garlic in olive oil in a large saucepan until soft (do not brown)
  • Add vegetable broth, tomatillo mixture, salt, pepper, and oregano and simmer approximately 1 hour
  • Serve with fresh avocado, cilantro, scallions, pepitas and a squeeze of lime
Cooked Hominy
Cooked Hominy

This soup can be made in a slow cooker, which would allow the flavors to meld slowly. If you are pressed on time, you can quick soak the dried beans and hominy by boiling each separately for 2 minutes, then allowing to soak for an hour. Drain your beans and hominy and use them in your soup.

Garnish for Posole

This soup is warm, savory and absolutely delicious. To showcase it’s beautiful heartiness, I decided to serve it in the Harmony Pfaltzgraff bowls I picked up while shopping at my local JCPenney. Much like Christmas, our Three King’s Day meal is special and I like to create a festive winter tablescape for the occasion. I used JCPenney Home’s Florence Damask Tablecloth as a backdrop for our meal. I also picked up a new flatware set for a casual, but elegant compliment to our dinnerware set.

Three King's Day Tablescape

It had been some time since I last visited the home section of my local JCPenney store, and I was quite impressed with the quality and selection of items I found. From prepping and cooking your meal, to serving and displaying your Three King’s Day dishes, JCPenney is your go-to this Three King’s Day. And, if you still need to pick up a gift, you’ll find an incredible selection of ideas for the whole family including toys for kids, apparel and shoes for teens and tweens, electronics for they man in your life, and jewelry for you, and home decor items to create an inviting space.

For more Three King’s Day tips and gift ideas, follow JCPenney on Facebook.

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