Kid-Friendly Steakhouse Experience: Fleming’s Children’s menu.

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image1I have to admit for an 8-year-old, Bri has been to some really awesome restaurants, partly in thanks to the visits with his awesome grandparents/ my in-laws with great taste, but also because he has young parents and lives in an awesome city. So he was actually super excited to hear that Fleming’s had invited us for dinner and had a Children’s Menu available. We went in to the Downtown LA location for dinner last night, on a mommy and Bri date. Some alone time with my oldest child was long overdue. Upon arrival were greeted by such an accommodating staff. The manager, Michelle, was incredibly helpful throughout the experience. The hosts sat us quickly at a large booth, it didn’t look like there were any particularly “bad tables” either. Everything seemed fair game, nothing too close to the kitchen or bathrooms.

 

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We got settled in and were offered a basket of bread rolls and water. I am truly grateful there were no straws too! Not only would they have looked kind of tacky, they are incredibly horrible for the environment— taking about 500+ years just to breakdown into micro plastics, but that’s a different discussion for another time. Bri got a hold of the Children’s menu and his eyes immediately closed in on the Colossal Shrimp Tempura. DSC_0709-2He had a choice of a starter salad or apple slices. I wish I could say he picked the salad, but he opted for the apple slices with caramel dipping sauce. He sure did love that caramel dipping sauce too. He started dipping the bread in it shortly after he devoured the delicious apple slices. Bri’s Colossal Shrimp Tempura was served with some veggie tempura too and a choice of either fries or a potato waffle. The potato waffle was a fun spin on a starch side. Bri’s only complaint was that there was no syrup for his potato waffle. Real refined palette there. haha.

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I ordered an 8 oz. Filet Mingon with a side of Yukon Mashed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach. The steak was cooked to perfection, a perfect medium-rare to a beautiful cut of meat. The sides were warm and so filling. I paired my meal with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon, it was all delicious. Our server Stevie, and the manager, Michelle, were so kind and accommodating. No one acted like Bri was a nuisance, like most places do at the sight of children. The staff was the icing on the cake for the experience, speaking of sweets, we didn’t have room for any because we were so stuffed! We’ll have to visit again and try that lava cake!

Are Six Flags Memberships Worth it?

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Short answer: Yes and No.

We’re diamond members of Six Flags Magic Mountain (though the memberships are valid for all locations) We upgraded our season passes to diamond memberships after a May visit.

The perks to our pass are that you get free admission to both Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. Yes, you can visit both in one day. 35% on almost everything in the park. Truth be told I still haven’t found what doesn’t qualify for the discount. You get flash passes every visit, for ONE ride. Free drink refills, Bring-a-Friend-Free days, and consistent 35% discounts for tickets for friends. Oh and Free Preferred Parking and Diamond Member Waterpark access– with reservation.

Sounds great right? But what is up with the reservations?

Well, they sell these memberships like gym memberships. There are more passes to go around than there is actual capacity for these “perks”Reservations have to be made in order to accommodate the free parking and Diamond Member Waterpark access by 5am the day of. Peak days like Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday holidays should be reserved 3 days in advance.

Our last visit to the park, which fell on a Friday, I didn’t get on a single ride. The lines were way too long and just not worth it to us. Membership wasn’t very useful. My husband did wait in line with Bri, our oldest, for one waterslide. It was crowded in the tide pool. Actually, everywhere was crowded. It could’ve been worse by my patience is very thin with crowds. Thus making the trip not worth it.

If you’re someone who doesn’t mind crowds and waiting in line for 20mins to 1 hour for a ride that lasts less than 1-minute, then good for you.

I think the memberships work if you plan to go frequently. We’ve been 6 times in the last 3-4 months. It’s also great if you can do weekdays, to avoid the weekend crowds and long wait times. We pay roughly $15.00/month per person or $45/month for all 3 of us. Tickets cost anywhere from $59.99-$89.99 for a one-time visit. So we’ve already gotten our money’s worth and more with the 6 visits thus far.

The membership is something that’s been rolled out recently and can use a lot of tweaking, and I know they will. Same with the park itself, upgrades can definitely be done. So yes and no it’s worth it.

My Favorite Products that have made Breastfeeding easier.

Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 3.08.18 PMIf you didn’t already know from the posts I’ve shared on Instagram. Breastfeeding is something that has been pretty much new to me with this second round of parenthood. I wasn’t successful the first time around, mostly because of socio-economic differences (unmarried, teen parent, working/school with less flexibility, etc). It has been a challenge and though we’re only about 4 1/2 months in, Sagan has been exclusively breastfed. All the while I run my company, work on my own brand, juggle family time, finishing my degree, and SURPRISE work a part-time job (that I went back to at 4 weeks pp) I want to share 6 products that have made breastfeeding so much easier for me, with mamas new and on another round of parenthood who want to explore breastfeeding

 

6. Boobie Bars

boobiebars.jpgI’ll admit these are pricey, but when you’re as busy as I am and committed to EBF the ingredients in this make it worth every penny. My personal experience has been finding my boobs engorged after 3 days within a couple hours of feeding. Which in turn leaves me able to pump more and store. I’ve tried virtually every lactation supplement on the market and these have been the best thus far. I also get them for a little less at The Pump Station in Hollywood.

5. Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads
bamboobiesnursingpadsOne of my wonderful Best Friend’s bought me a couple packs of these for my baby shower. They have been absolutely amazing! They are so comfy and environmentally friendly too. Which as many of you know is a huge bonus in my book. Unlike disposables, you can reuse these by tossing them in the wash after a day or soiled use. I love companies that make efforts to be a little more green while still being completely conventional to consumers. They’re so easy to insert and adjust in nursing bras too!

 

4. Bonita Bluum Nursing Cover

bonitabluumThis product was actually sent to me for review. I don’t post about every product I get sent, because sometimes they aren’t as amazing as promised. This nursing cover, however, is a must-have for breastfeeding mamas who prefer to cover while feeding, since the world isn’t as progressive as we’d hope it to be. The muslin is lightweight and breathable, which in this LA weather is so important. There’s also a feature that I haven’t seen on any other nursing pads, which is the adjustable opening to be able to see and bond with your babe. I love using this when we go to Six Flags, parks, beaches, etc. (Pictured in use above).

3. Bamboobies Nipple Cream  bamboobiesnipplecream

Another awesome Bamboobies Product. I am not exaggerating when I say that I cried so hard the first week of breastfeeding. My nipples were so sore because of my initial lack of milk and Sagan’s cluster feeding. Luckily, my amazing best friend mentioned above knew to gift this at my baby shower as well. It came in so handy and the jar has lasted me a fairly long time. The product is organic and cruelty-free. It eased the pain on my nipples by a large margin. While the hospital provided another brand, I feel this one did a much better job. You can even feel the difference in quality vs. the hospital provided brand.

 

2. My Breastfriend Pillow breastfriend

Everyone pretty much knows how great this product is. It’s helped so much through my breastfeeding journey. The nurses in the delivery room even commented on how great it was that I brought it along with me. When I say I was determined, I mean I was DETERMINED to make breastfeeding work this time around. What I love about the My Breastfriend Pillow is that it really helps with your posture. It has become a thing for my husband to be involved in the breastfeeding, by wrapping the pillow and fastening it around me. It’s very sweet. It is a staple for every mama to have on their breastfeeding journey. It should also be on your hospital bag checklist (though it won’t actually fit in any bag).

1. Evenflo Dual Electric Breastpump

evenfloOddly enough my insurance did not cover a Breast Pump, even though we were paying over $500/month for our family, health insurance monthly cause ‘Merica. We didn’t find this out until after I had Sagan. Luckily, I have amazing in-laws who gifted this to us last minute. I love its easy use and convenience. I know most opt for the $200 breast pump, but I truly prefer this one because it’s not as bulky and it’s compact and lightweight features make it easier to transport. As a mama who works remotely with her company, a part-time job, and is always running back and forth between places. This fits perfectly into a backpack without too much space, also it can be battery operated! (Yes, it went with me to Coachella + Catalina)

 

That’s it for now mamas. Hope you enjoyed this list, maybe I’ll make a video on IGTV or YouTube. Who knows. Let me know what you think about these products and what has helped you throughout your own breastfeeding journey.