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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Honest Review of the Museum of Ice Cream

If Willy Wonka had a wet dream about ice cream, it would be this place. The Museum of Ice Cream (MOIC) is a vibrant celebration of the most popular aspects of one of my favorite desserts. Every wall, floor and exhibit in this place is inst-worthy and I half-expected an Oompa Loompa to lead our tour group. This place gives you the chance to swim in sprinkles, hug a giant gummi bear and swing in a banana room. So let's just get right down to it. 

Was it fun? Yes.
Was it worth the money? Yes. 
Were the ice cream samples terrible? Yes. The worst was the activated charcoal cookie dough. 
Will you learn any new facts about ice cream? No. This place is not about facts. It's about living your best ice cream dream.
Will you run into insta-obsessed hipsters trying to get that money shot? Yes.
Should you wait for them to capture said photo before taking your turn? Yes. Don't be rude. Offer to take the photo for them.
Will your kid love it? Yes. We had a toddler and a teen with us and they both loved it.
Will you end up with sprinkles in your pants? Definitely, yes. 

Museum of Ice Cream
2018 E 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tickets: $29 for adults/$18 for kids age 3-12

Mom tips: 
-Street parking was ample but there is a lot right next to the museum that charges $4 for 2 hours. 
-Try to be in line 15 mins before your group time. 
-There is one restroom towards the end of the tour.
-Don't come thinking you will be tasting delicious samples. The best sample we had was the mint mochi ice cream. Everything else was barely worth the calories.
-If you don't want to keep asking strangers to take your photo, bring friends!
-If you have time, spend the day wandering the Arts District to check out all the amazing murals.

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museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids


museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids
[Scratch and sniff banana wall]

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museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

[Hands down the best part of the whole experience.]

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museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids
[We were able to request a plain scoop of vanilla instead of the gross pancakes and ice cream.]

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museum of ice cream, ice cream, museums, los angeles, travel with kids

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Blueberry Picking at the Temecula Berry Co

We kicked off Mother's Day weekend with a visit to the Temecula Berry Co to pick farm fresh blueberries. Our drive started gloomy but by the time we reached the farm, the sun was out in full force and we had a nice sunny afternoon of berry picking. The farm is very clean and the plants are well maintained. To Parker's disappointment, there wasn't a bug in sight! This year's berry season opened on May 5 and the bushes are currently laden with big blue berries to pick. They are so ripe they basically fall into your hand once you touch them. After picking berries, we stopped for lunch at Burger Lounge and little man napped all the way home. Scroll down for pics and links to the recipes we've made with our berries! 

Temecula Berry Co
39700 Cantrell Road
Temecula, CA 92591

Mom tips:
- Blueberries are $6 a pint. Cash or check only. There is an ATM onsite in case you forget. You pay after you pick.
-Bring quarters to purchase goat food. The goats are very friendly. 
-As always, sun hats, sun block, water and closed toe shoes are recommended. 
-Backpacks are not allowed. They will hold your backpack at the check in stand where you pick up your buckets if needed. 
-There are less people picking from the bushes behind the barn. Make a left once you enter and you will see what I mean. 

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blueberry, berry picking, temecula, temecular berry co, san diego
[Blueberry dance, dance, dance.]

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blueberry, berry picking, temecula, temecular berry co, san diego

blueberry, berry picking, temecula, temecular berry co, san diego
[Teaching the kids which berries to pick was part of the experience. We kept saying "big and blue!" and then laughing afterwards because we're mature.]


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blueberry, berry picking, temecula, temecular berry co, san diego
[We picked 2 buckets of blueberries and ended up with approx 3 pints of berries.]

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blueberry, berry picking, temecula, temecular berry co, san diego

blueberry, berry picking, temecula, temecular berry co, san diego

So far we have used our berries to make blueberry muffins, buttermilk banana blueberry bread and lemon blueberry oatmeal bars. What are your favorite blueberry recipes?


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Snapshots from the Weekend 5/13-5/14

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[I love my Mother's Day card this year. Parker drew a picture of me and him in Snake Land.]

 
[Banana blueberry bread! Gotta use up all those blueberries.]

 

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 [My sisters and I learned from the best!]

 

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Snapshots from the Weekend 5/6-5/7

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Congrats to my niece Audrey on her 1st Communion!

Sunday was rainy and cold so we headed to the New Children's Museum for an indoor play date with Parker's cousin Mia. We were able to get in free because of The Big Exchange that is happening this month. It pays to be a member of the Nat!

  


   
Mia was very impressed with Parker's build. 

 

 


My favorite art installation this time around was the Sketch Aquarium. Parker loved designing sea creatures and seeing them come to life on the projection screen.

After the museum, we headed to Rakiraki in Little Italy for some hot bowls of ramen followed by coffee at Bird Rock Coffee Roasters.

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