Everything is Awesome! Legoland Florida


Last week we went to Florida! yes, my son and I packed our travel legos and went to the “mother house”… Legoland Florida!


The park is far away in what seems the middle of nowhere in comparison to the Disney Empire and the Universal Parks complex. Legoland is located half way between Tampa and Orlando. The road is ok though but it takes a while to get there so make sure you pack in car entertainment for your little ones.

Parking is same price as Disney, at $17 a day. We did the two park combo (water park and general park) in two days, and I kind of wish we had done it in one day. It is possible to do it as the waterpark isn’t really that big (but fun) and in order to get to the water park you have to walk ALL the way through the general park, there is no other way around it.

The park is an awesome experience for Lego fans. You have an entire area dedicated to small cities made of Legos, it is amazing although clearly getting deteriorated by weather, some of the stuff has lost is color and looks a little meh but it is understandable. It still constitute and amazing work of art and dedication.

The rides are fun, kid friendly. A few rollercoasters, a cool laser tag and a sort of splash adventure in which you will get soaked (YOU WILL no matter what so if you don’t want to get soaked do not go to the Lego Chima ride). At the Pirate Cove there is a live action show that involves water stunts and water splashes which seems to be a favorite with kids. I mean who doesn’t like captain Brick Beard?


There is an indoor station (PERFECT, HEAVEN for hot summer days) in which you can try all Lego video games in different platforms (PS4, Wii, Xbox) and a place in which you can built your own little race car and test “drive” it against other people. We also saw some characters there (picture time!) get those cameras ready and snap snap snap!

There are plenty of eating options and I was very pleasantly surprised with the availability of vegetarian dishes. At the Market Place main restaurant they offer an asian veggie bowl/ with rice that was quite delicious! The burger place also offers spicy bean burgers. Salads are also an option available. I was a little sad however that there was no funnel cake anywhere! I mean really? for me Florida parks and funnel cake go hand on hand.


I also loved how all the benches in the park claim to be made of recycled materials! So this park hit all the environmentally friendly and vegan friendly marks with me. So everything is awesome! (pun intended)


The park has many stores thought the entire place with different options of Legos and Lego related merchandise. The main shop at the entrance called “The Big Shop” is without a doubt the one with more variety. You can also find a minifig store in which you can make your own mini figures, and a brick shop in which you can buy bricks by the pound. I was sad we were unable to use or gain any Lego VIP points though, you would think that of all places this will be the place to earn points. So boo for that! The Lego store has cool stuff from Lego toy sets to clothing and Lego inspired kitchen supplies

IMG_5181The Water Park


The water park area is a different park, so you need to purchase a separate ticket for this site if you wish to visit it. It isn’t really that big but is very fun! specially on a super hot day!. The lazy river with oversized Lego bricks floating are the best part (if you ask me, my son might differ) There is also an area for the little ones, and a much adventurous area with slides and buckets for the bigger ones.

There is a beach with a lego island in the middle, and two big slide/rides for which kids need to be at least 48″. Food options are a little limited but still available with just one restaurant in the area. Lockers can be rented for an affordable price too.

Legoland was all we expected! if you have kids ages 2-15 you and them will enjoy this park. It is a little overpriced at $89 for general entry BUT a year pass is only $10 more bucks and… there are other options like a multipass including entry to other locations in Orlando.

Until next adventure… :)

Summer Series: Let’s Play Outside!


I simply love outdoors, even in super hot texas. Summer is a brilliant time to get the kids (and adults) in your life to interact with nature, and away of screen time. It is not an easy task, trust me. Ive had to detach my son from his PS4, iPad and iPhone but the results are amazing.

Go outside and..

1. You don’t have to go to a park far away. Your front or backyard will do sometimes. Get some sidewalk chalk and some bubbles at your dollar store and break out the fun outside. We had lots of fun painting in the shade, drinking lemonade and blowing bubbles.


2. If you have more time… go visit a local park. In Texas i have discovered so many amazing parks. We went to Jessie Jones Park over the weekend and it was so fun. Hiking, discovering nature and picking up leaves and stones. We also had the chance to see a bunch of beautiful turtles in their natural pond. Experiences like this you and your kids will cherish for a long time.

TIP: Make sure you take some OFF and spray yourselves before you venture into the park. At this time of year there are lots of bugs (specially mosquitoes) around so make sure you spray yourselves first. Also make sure you take some water with you.

3. Nature Scavenger Hunt – make time outdoors even more educational by doing a scavenger hunt. Hunt for different types of vegetation, spot the bird, find the stick, and many more. The possibilities are endless. Lake Houston Nature Wilderness Park organizes some of these events now and then, but if not, simply make your own.

4. Backyard Water War: if you have more than one child, you can get a few water guns at the dollar store and have your own little splash war time. It gets the kids running and keeps them active while staying fresh. This is fun for kids and adults alike.

Researches suggest that spending time outdoors helps you reduce stress, depression and anxiety. According to a study by the University of Minnesota “Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones.” So go outside and start enjoying the benefits of nature.


Summer Series: Pool Snacks


Summer is here! With its hot long days and kids filled with bouncing energy. What a better day to spend a summer day but by the swimming pool. Not only is a very good activity for both little ones and adults alike but it provides a chance to soak in those precious sun rays (always wear sun screen tho) and to have some easy and refreshing food.

We like to keep it simple and fresh at the pool with things like Lemonade, Limeade, Pineapple juice or simply with water. My son doesn’t particularly like plain water so I “spicy up” for him adding lemon wedges, fresh cut strawberries and mint. We do indulge in some salted chips (I try to use the baked variety) or chips and pico de gallo for a crunchy and tasty snack. Fresh fruit such as pineapple chunks or watermelon are perfect to the pool side too! Freeze seedless grapes for a healthy alternative to popsicles, or make your own popsicles at home without the added sugar and nasty additives.

Let me share some simple ideas!

Summer drinks. 

Summer Fruity Snacks

Homemade Ice-creams and popsicles

Summer food is easy and uncomplicated. Keep it fresh, full of color and just play with it!

Make Vegetable pizzas on the grill using a Pizza Stone (see bellow) or re-vamp a classic grilled cheese sandwich by filling it with fresh cherry tomatoes and avocado! yum!

Any questions or ideas? Use the comments area and ill be happy to answer!



Summer Series: Delicious Avocado Lime Pesto


Oh Summer! finally here… time for freshness, swimming, sun bathing and fun! also time for the kids to be off school (oh dear!) So ill be working on a few family friendly recipes for summer days starting with this one.

I love avocado, but some people consider it too bland. Regardless we have discussed before why Avocado is the King of vegetables. If you are one of those not convinced yet I think you should give this recipe a try before you quit on avocado.

Avocado Lime and Coriander Pesto sauce for your pasta. You can use whole grain pasta or for an extra kick of vegetables I recommend a Vegetable based pasta. Yes veggie pasta! vegetables in disguised for those who aren’t too fond of them. We absolutely love vegetables so no need to disguised but its nice to have a healthy pasta alternative.

Recipe for two portions. You need:

1 medium avocado (room temperature so that your sauce isn’t too cold)

1 handful of cilantro (and a few extra why not! be generous)

1/4 of an onion

2 table spoons of virgin olive oil

1/4 cup of water

salt and pepper and garlic powder to taste

1 small tomato

2 limes (juiced)

You simply add everything on a high speed blender or food processor and mix until a smooth paste. And thats it! sauce is done, no cooking required.


Make your pasta according to package instructions. Drain. Mix with sauce. Serve with an extra portion of tomatoes and cilantro on top if desired. Super fresh, easy, creamy and healthy way to enjoy pasta this summer.


Pizza Waffles: Easy Dinner Idea!


Hello internet people! So I’ve been looking for more, better, homemade healthy dinner ideas lately and I came across this brilliant idea. What can be better than Pizza or waffles? well Pizza Waffles! these little babies are so easy, and so tasty – and most importantly kid approved.

All you need:

Waffle Maker

Pilsbury Biscuits (flaky ones)

Marinara sauce (one tea spoon per biscuit)

Grated Cheese ( I used a pizza blend with mozzarella, parmesan and cheddar)

Fresh Basil cut into little pieces

…and you can add mini pepperoni if you like, we left ours meat free.

How to:

This is so easy and can be done in minutes. You can even get your little chefs to help you out. Open the biscuits in half and fill with 1 tea spoon of marinara sauce, cheese, and fresh basil, then cover up with the other half and put it in the middle of the (hot) waffle maker for about 4mins. You will hear it sizzle a lot because of all the scrumptious cheese melting.

IMG_2341Pop it out of the waffle maker and done! we served outs with a micro green and cherry tomatoes salad. Dinner is never been this easy!

Pizza Waffle night any one?


Easter Eggs Fun!


Wether you celebrate Easter or Ostara, if you are like me and LOVE all things Spring then Easter Egg decorating is a must! I am an easter baby, and every few years my birthday coincides with Easter, perhaps that is why Spring is one of my favourite seasons (who am I kidding I like them all for different reasons, I fall in love with nature on each and everyone of “her” magical stages)

A little history about this date: “Ostara is essentially the pagan incarnation of the traditional Christian Easter. The Christian tradition itself draws the name from the pagan god “Oestre” or “Eastre.” This word has Germanic roots and refers to the eastern direction from which the sun rises. Oestre is the Teutonic goddess of spring and dawn who is very closely associated with the Vernal Equinox.According to myth, pagan children would present eggs as a gift to the goddess in return for the coming of the spring. Oestre traditionally carried an egg to symbolize birth and new life.  Christian traditions incorporating eggs have not strayed very far from this practice.”

Anyway this year I got a little more crafty and decided to make some delicate Easter Egg decorations for my love nest.  I found these very cool blank decoration eggs at Michael’s for $3.99 a pack of 12. I used the traditional method of food coloring and I added a little touch of spring with this very cool papillons.

My little dude helped me which meant a lovely arty/crafty activity out in the sun and little fingers stained with colors and confetti, it was fun!

finished product <3

Next we tried another method using Papier-mâché or paper mache, also found at Michael’s for $3.99 a pack of 6. We then used left over confetti to cover the eggs up making very colorful eggs, and placing them on a little nest ($2.99 at Michael’s)

We covered each egg with glue, and then dipped it into the confetti bag (very fun and messy) until they were all covered. Pat with your hands to make sure all the confetti sticks to the egg and then simply let dry.

Finished results!


Last but not least, we simply added some papillon to naked paper mache eggs.

IMG_2232And there you have it! Easter Eggs to decorate the house NON EDIBLE.


OnixJ… and little dude

Courage and Kindness

So this week we have been on Spring Break (my son and I). We have been spending lots of time together which I love. We took a road trip to central Texas and we have had many adventures. Today however we took it slow and decided to go to the cinema. At first we went with the idea of watching Sponge Bob’s new movie but when we got there the waiting time for the next screening was just too much to bear so we had to sit and decide what else to watch.

IMG_2013And then he said “Mami lets just watch Cinderella, I’m sure you will like it” – the kindness in this boy never ceases to amaze me. And so after some consideration I thought sure why not? Who says boys shouldn’t watch a princess movie (yes, half the world, many important male figures in my life will probably say so to, but so what)

In we went, we sat among many little girls and we watched the newest version of Cinderella. He wasn’t familiar with the story, neither did he know the characters as I did. He struggled with all the deaths in the film. He little eyes watered and he hold my hand tightly when Cinderella’s mom died and he was almost angry about her bad faith when her dad also died. He did not believe me at first when I said the step mom was evil (Im glad he didn’t because that means he hasn’t created any stereotypes around the idea) nor did he understand why the step sisters were so vile.

My boy is kind just like Cinderella, and that doesn’t make him less of a boy. He is into all boyish stuff, obsessed with WWI and WWII. He likes legos and cars, and its a die hard Star Wars fan. Yet my boy is so kind he won’t eat animals to eat them. He is kind and opens the door for me, he is kind and worries when he sees me upset for something he knows he didn’t do. My boy is kind and I love him.

After watching the movie my sense of fairness in this world has replenish, and my boys idea of kindness and courage was pumped up. (also his idea of true love, which we might have to revisit in the future lol)

IMG_1413We believe (him and I) in fairness, and kindness, and in the good in people. We believe in kind words, in affection, and in the power of loving words. We don’t believe in lies, nor in being mean when we are upset… words can hurt more than anything else. And yes we do fight with each other but we never stop caring, as he said the other day “I love you so much that even when we fight I love you” … that my friend is true love.

I can only hope life doesn’t change him, and even if it does I have this version of him now which will be forever my own.


Gardein Beefless Ground “Meat”


*Disclaimer: This is not an sponsor post, opinions are my own* 

Oh joy! I recently came across Gardein. According to their site they Gardein’s ” food tastes good, is good for you, and is good for the planet. Why is gardein (garden + protein = gardein) so good? Because Yves, our founder, made it that way!  A delicious, convenient, and versatile protein option for everyone. 


I have tried many other “fake” meats and they don’t deliver. Texture is never right and flavour is just off so I was pleasantly surprised when I tried Gardein’s Beetles Ground. The texture is just right neither too soft nor too hard and it absorbs the flavors of the sauce, leaving you with a fantastic, taste and meat free Spaghetti Bolognese. I haven’t tried any of their other products but I am definitely making this one a staple in my kitchen.

I made a basic tomato sauce, if you are in a hurry you can either make your own and freeze to use later or buy a ready made one. There are some excellent organic options out there that taste great and will get you out of trouble if you are in a hurry. After my sauce was made, I added Gardein’s Beefless Ground, not before. Usually if cooking real meat I would cook the meat in a shallow frying pan with a little bit of olive oil and garlic, so my first thought was to cook the Beetles Ground the same way, but as per instructions say you should cook in the sauce for better results.

IMG_1153After I added the Beefless Ground I took less than 10 mins for the sauce to be ready. It looked just like regular beef and the flavour was awesome. Not as meaty (well cos its made of soy) but not as veggie as other ones I have tried, which is great because it means I can fool my meat eaters lol (my dad and my boyfriend would never eat a soy based “meat” they are true carnivores) which is good but then Im presented with another problem… my extremely “NO BEEF” veggie kid (my son) won’t eat anything that resembles beef lol! I am going to have him read the bag before hand.

Either way it is worth a try for both meat and non meat lovers. Easy dinner done!


Spinach & Pesto Quiche


Wait, what? It is February already? time is flying! and I haven’t been so good keeping up with my writing. My bad.

I have however cooked some super yummy vegetarian friendly dishes lately so I promise I will do my best to keep up and share share share!

Last weekend I made a Spinach and Pesto Quiche, so delicious. I had never made quiche before and I know, I know its egg based but we haven’t given up eggs yet.

IMG_1270Spinach and Pesto Quiche is super easy to make. I did cheat tho, I used a 9inch pie crust which was already made all I had to do was to pop in the oven. But hey if you are in a hurry you have to compromise sometimes.

You will need:
2 cups of chopped spinach

half an onion

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

6 eggs

9′ inch pie crust.

IMG_1262First cut the onion into little pieces and cook in some butter (or olive oil) add the spinach after about 4 mins and cook both adding salt and pepper to taste (you can also add other spices at this point)

Set aside.

Mix the 6 eggs in a bowl, and add 2 table spoons of pesto sauce*

Add cooked spinach and onions to the egg and pesto mix.

IMG_1263Fill the pie crust with the mix, and place in the oven for about 50mins or until you notice that the center of the quiche is no longer runny.

and there you have it! simple and delicious meal ready! you can pair with a salad or a soup.

*for the pesto, if you want to make your own all you need is: Fresh basil, garlic and olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. Blend everything in a food processor and you get your very own pesto.

What have you been cooking lately?