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What to pack for Disneyland

What’s in my cheer mom suitcase

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What to pack for Disneyland and inside my cheer mom suitcase, from top left: Gucci sneakers / red 3/4 sleeve tee / phone case bag / black cardigan sweater c/o Chico’s / lightweight tan scarf / black kimono / black twist tee / colorful bracelet (hot spring trend!) / red and gold earrings / blue and silver earrings / classic cut cropped jeans / black belt / sea colors patterned scarf / seafoam 3/4 sleeve tee / ankle skinny jeans /

“When I say ‘GO!’ you say ‘FIGHT!’ ‘GO! FIGHT!’ ‘GO FIGHT!'”

Oh yes, you read that right, I am a cheer mom. As you read this, I am at Disneyland for USA Cheer Nationals. Since cheer nationals are are held at the Anaheim Convention Center, across the street from Disneyland, we are going to both nationals, and Disneyland. Whew!

My daughter is on her varsity cheer team at school, and they have had a fabulous competition season. Her team qualifying, and going to nationals, is why I skipped going to fashion week this season. I wanted to make sure I could go to Anaheim to support her and her team. So instead of runways this February, I am engrossed in cheers, dances, and amazing competition routines. I will cheer so loud for my daughter and her team, I plan on losing my voice!

The school colors are red, blue, and white. So the red tee is my top for attending USA Cheer Nationals. I will pair it with blue earrings, jeans, and white sneakers for the full “Cheer Mom” lewk. Yes, I know, it’s fabulous 😉 The black cardigan will be perfect in case the air conditioning inside the convention center is cold.

Now, we cannot drag our two younger kids to Anaheim, stay in a hotel across the street from Disneyland, and not go to Disneyland! So, the seafoam lewk will be my Disney outfit. The sneakers are super comfy and perfect for walking. The color palette is on trend for spring, and the phone case-another hot spring trend-will be ideal for staying hands-free throughout the day. I’m ready for the lines!

So stay tuned! I will keep you posted on how they do at Nationals. Wish them luck!! I will also keep you posted on Disneyland. It is always a favorite among my children; and maybe us adults too. 😉 haha

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GO! FIGHT! WIN!

Cathy


Japantown San Jose with the kids

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wearing: blue and silver earrings / lipstick / white knit turtleneck / blue scarf / grey faux fur teddy coat / belt / bootcut jeans / black satchel / spring nail polish / western style boots /

The San Francisco Bay Area is full of hundreds of nooks and crannies. There is always something to do, and something to see. Although I am born and raised Bay Area, I had never been to San Jose’s Japantown before this month!

We decided to take the kids down to Japantown San Jose in order to see what was there, and also enjoy some sushi. Unfortunately, I won’t share the sushi lunch with you, it wasn’t very good. I think we chose the wrong restaurant. That being said, I am sure there are other places to eat, and I heard the ramen place is really good! Wish we had gone there, but I digress. . .

There are plenty of fun things to do in Japantown San Jose with kids. There is a museum, the temple, and many historical buildings. It is easy to walk around and see everything in one day. There are also cute shops with imported items from Japan. Some of the shops have been owned for generations and have their history posted inside. You can learn a lot by chatting with the shop owners, and reading the signs! It’s really a cool outing.

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My son posing in front of one of the murals found in San Jose’s Japantown. This area of Downtown San Jose is full of street art. It’s fun to walk around and enjoy the beautiful murals. This one was my son’t favorite. He loves the characters depicted, and seems to know who they all are! I had no clue!!

If you are local to the Bay Area, and are looking for a fun daytime outing with the family, or without, I highly recommend visiting Japantown San Jose; and wearing walking shoes! High heel boots were not my best choice for the day. haha

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Have you been to Japantown San Jose? What is your favorite site to see?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy

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Lunch in Calistoga with the kids

wearing: lipstick / blue and silver earrings / adidas sweatshirt / long sleeve tee / skinny jeans / nail polish / handbag / hiking boots /

We took some time to explore downtown Calistoga in between visiting the Geysers and the Petrified Forest during our road trip up to Calistoga in the Napa Valley. Downtown Calistoga is super cute! It is filled with historical buildings and shops. My middle child found a vintage store, and my son discovered some old train cars which were converted into retail space. Unfortunately they were not filled with shops to explore, but they did turn into an entertaining spot to take pictures of each of us being silly. haha

Our main reason for exploring downtown Calistoga was to find food! It was lunch time and we were starving. When you are traveling with kids, they can be a bit picky. We were lucky to find a Chinese restaurant in the middle of downtown Calisoga, which always satisfies picky children.

Soo Yuan Restaurant is located in downtown Calistoga and appears tiny from the streets. Once you go inside, the restaurant has plenty of tables, and offers a few large tables for families such as ours. At lunch, you have the option of ordering a la carte, or off the lunch special menu. We opted for the lunch menu, and it was a great choice! They food was sooooo good!

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I had the prawns in black bean sauce and it was really yummy. We also ordered a pot sticker appetizer which was really good. Everything we ordered was delicious. If you are in the Calistoga area, and are looking for a great family restaurant, I highly recommend stopping in at Soo Yuan! It was delicious and the prices were reasonable too. Love!

We had a lot of fun visiting the Napa Valley with our kids. There is more to do than what we did, so we will definitely be planning another trip there soon with the kids!

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Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy