Much Needed R&R In Solvang, CA

Solvang ca sunset

Thank you Kia for loaning me this Sorento to cruise around Solvang with! During a group date night in December, the girls all decided we needed a trip away to Solvang, CA for some laughs, good food, and some time away from our kids.  (We love you kids, but we also enjoy eating a hot meal!).  We flipped through our phones, found a weekend, and saved the date.  Counting down the time was exciting and eventually we were ready for our trip!  How do I prepare for a trip? Here, let me share.... The next day we packed up the Kia Sorento SXL and ventured out.  The ladies were pretty impressed … [Read more...]

Bringing the Past to Life – Medieval Times

bringing the past to live - medieval times - buena park

This is a sponsored post. Special thanks to Medieval Times in Buena Park for hosting our family Jon and I have been together since our young 20s.  Just before we both turned 30 - we talked about what plans we wanted to do.  Aubrey was a tiny baby and we weren't sure what to do.  All of our friends started having big celebrations but we knew with a newborn, much wasn't a possibility.  Jon's one wish was to head to Medieval Times Buena Park with all our friends.  And each year, it's pretty much been the same wish but it hasn't happened. Until now. We were invited to attend the live … [Read more...]

Prepared Meals – Fresh to Your Door – Freshly Review

Fresh Meals To Your Door - Freshly Review

Freshly was kind enough to send me a start set of 6 meals to try out.  Below is my impression! If you're searching for a company to send fresh meals to someone (new parents, someone recovering from a surgery, a parent who is solo-parenting while the other is on a business trip) - PLEASE read on.  Spoiler alert but I loved the ease of everything that arrived.  Receiving a shipment of food without having to cut, chop, marinate, etc - and heat up in 1-2 minutes is just pure awesomeness. Ok so what is Freshly?  They're prepared meals delivered right to your door.  There's a variety of options … [Read more...]

Bonefish Grill Valencia – Now Open

Bonefish Grill Valencia, CA | Santa Clarita Valley

I was invited to attend a media preview dinner at the new Bonefish Grill Valencia in Santa Clarita Valley. All opinions are mine Warning - do not read this if you're starving.     Last week I had the privilege to attend a media preview dinner at the newest restaurant to hit Santa Clarita Valley - Bonefish Grill.  Any opportunity to get dolled up and enjoy amazing food will never be passed up by me!  Even with a full bar menu - the wonderful staff created 2 different beverages (non-alcoholic!) for me to enjoy with the rest of the attendees.  I was so happy and can't wait to … [Read more...]

Heading Back to CPK – New Dishes & New Decor

California Pizza Kitchen - New Decor & New Dishes

Jon and I were invited to CPK to try out their new menu items as well as newly remodeled interior.  Opinions are ours. As you know, over the past few months, I've slowly been working on expanding my makeup collection - my outward appearance, if you will.  I've taken a bit more time with small details like lipstick, nail polish, and mascara.  It's a little bit of change that helps me feel better.  CPK has been doing the same sort of thing over the past few months.  If it's been some time since you've stepped foot in a California Pizza Kitchen, I suggest you schedule a … [Read more...]

Good Food & Good Laughs – Continental in Toluca Lake

The Continental | Toluca Lake | MelissaDell.com

Remember a few weeks back when I went to see a taping of Mom on CBS?  My Step-Mom had a guest role as Weeping Wendy.  Just before her episode aired, she shared with me that she had also been doing other filmings and would have a recurring role! She asked if I wanted to go see it again and I said YES!  My sister would be coming this time, and we of course needed to grab some food before heading to the live studio audience filming in Burbank at the Warner Brothers Studios. As luck would have it, there was a grand opening of Continental in Toluca Lake - a short 5 minute car ride from the … [Read more...]