Happy Mother’s Day to Us

Several years ago I wrote on this blog that all I wanted for Mother’s Day was a break from being a mom. While going out to eat on Mother’s Day meant I didn’t have to cook, it also meant that I was working double time keeping my kids entertained so as not to be disruptive in a nice restaurant. I longed for the gifts of sleeping in and spending the day any way I pleased. Know what I mean?


If you’re in the middle of those draining early years, take heart – times do change! At 13 and nearly 12-years-old, my kids sleep until mid-morning on the weekends, and they are perfectly wonderful dinner company. I have a lot of freedom compared with when they were little. Mothering has been an amazing, ever-changing experience, but, one thing has stayed the same . . . I crave a little pampering.

When it comes to mothering, serenity is usually in short supply no matter the stage we are in. That’s why this Mother’s Day I want to give one lucky Mom’s Guide reader a gift that I recently gave to myself.

Since January, my daughter and I have shared a membership to Therapie Day Spa. With locations in Ocean Beach and La Mesa, this adorable, peaceful little space is the perfect place for moms like us to unwind. For $65 per month we receive our choice of one benefit each month:

  • One 50-minute Swedish or Fusion massage

  • One 50-minute Glow or Calme customized facial

  • One 50-minute sugar polish body scrub

I always select the massage, and my daughter, who’s fighting teen acne, gets a facial. Therapie allows us to share the membership and we can also gift a benefit. In May I’ll be gifting my benefit to one of you!

Therapie’s 5-star rating on Yelp is well deserved. You will feel more relaxed from the moment you walk in.

Give yourself a little time to arrive early or stay later so that you can enjoy some hot tea in their cozy lounge. You deserve this break!

For your chance to win this Mother’s Day gift from me to you, simply comment on this blog post with which benefit you’d love to receive – massage, facial or body scrub. One lucky reader will be selected this Sunday in honor of our special day. Good luck!

Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day no matter how you’re spending it!

Our Fave 5 – week of May 5th

We wish you a fun week with your family! Here are five of our favorite events happening during the week of May 5th through 12th . . .

MOVE, PLAY, GROW Grand Opening Fiesta 

Sunday, May 5th from 12 – 3 p.m.

Move, Play, Grow, 427 S. Cedros Avenue, Suite 101 in Solana Beach

This free event celebrates children and families with food, music, art and face painting. Dance to the tunes of Hullabaloo Band, enjoy crafts led by The New Children’s Museum and learn about how this new resource center might help you grow into the parent you dream of being. For more information visit moveplaygrow.com.


Firefighter Story Time

Monday, May 6th from 4 – 5 p.m.

Bonita-Sunnyside Library, 4375 Bonita Road in Bonita

Real firefighters are visiting the library today to read stories and show off their fire truck! For more information and for a calendar of other wonderful library events, click sdcl.org/branch-calendars/Bonita_May-2019.pdf.


Family Story Time @ Waypoint Public

Tuesday, May 7th from 5 – 7 p.m.

Waypoint Public, 3794 30th Street in North Park

Parents, enjoy dinner and craft beer while your kiddos read with volunteers from Traveling Stories. You’ll get some adult time, and the kids will earn book bucks, which can be redeemed for books and prizes. Click here for more information.


Mother’s Day Flower Workshop

Thursday, May 9th from 6-8 p.m.

Little Italy Food Hall, 550 W. Date Street in Little Italy

Get ready for Mother’s Day with this free DIY floral arranging and card making event. Bring the kids and enjoy dinner and drinks while you get crafty!


Birthday Party at Waterfront Park

Friday, May 10th from 3 – 10 p.m.

Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Highway, downtown

San Diego’s amazing Waterfront Park is turning 5 and celebrating with a party for all ages. The free event will feature
inflatables, games and crafts, touch tables, lots of music, food trucks and a photo booth. Hullabaloo plays for the kiddos at 5 p.m. and adult-oriented bands perform into the evening. Click here for more information.


Disney on Ice is BACK!

From Wheels to Waves & Icy Wonderlands to Infinity and Beyond!


Coming To San Diego May 2-5  

Every season, Disney on Ice brings a new level of excitement for my family. There is always a new Disney obsession happening in my house, whether it’s Cars, or Moana, or Frozen, and the age of my child(ren) really plays a part in what we are most looking forward to! This year, I cannot wait to take the baby for the first time ever!

This week, rev up for non-stop family fun with four of your favorite Disney stories when Disney On IceWorlds of Enchantment comes to San Diego!  This action-packed ice spectacular showcases beloved characters from Disney•Pixar’s Cars, Toy Story 3, Disney’s The Little Mermaid plus the enchanting Academy Award®-winning Frozen.  Produced by Feld Entertainment, Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment is performing from May 2-5 at the Pechanga Arena in San Diego.

Thrill to high-speed stunts and high-octane fun, as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney•Pixar’s Cars race across the ice.  Dive into adventure with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, as she explores her undersea kingdom.  The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz, Woody, Jessie and the Disney•Pixar Toy Story gang escape Sunnyside Daycare in a daring adventure to get back to Andy’s room.  Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love comes from within.

Plus, get warmed up for the show right in your seats with exclusive dance moves taught by the mouse that started it all during Mickey’s Dance-Along Pre-Show Party, as the Disney On Ice skating athletes remind everyone that getting active can help you be your best!  Then you’ll be ready to enter a dazzling world of Disney magic to see some of your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life in Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment,with dazzling skating, special effects and timeless characters, certain to create a lifetime of memories!


Thursday, May 2    7:00 PM
Friday, May 3    7:00 PM
Saturday, May 4      11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 5      1:00 PM & 5:00 PM


Pechanga Arena San Diego – 3500 Sports Arena Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110
(formerly San Diego Sports Arena)


Ticket prices start at just $15 each, and can be purchased online, by phone(888-9AXS-TIX), or directly at the arena’s box office

As a proud partner, The Moms Guide to San Diego is able to giveaway one family 4-pack of tickets to the show, good for Thursday or Friday at 7pm. Our lucky winner will be selected in 24 hours! To be entered to win, please comment with your child(ren)’s favorite Disney character! Good luck!