A Mom’s Review of Legoland, California

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Legoland, California was our first Family Vacation and boy was it a memorable one! We absolutely loved it! Before we even left California we were already planning the next trip back. I would like to share what I learned at Legoland that I wish I knew before we went and I hope it will make planning your trip easier.

  • Parking cost $15 per car and preferred parking is $25
  • Arrive before park opens (15-20 mins before to unload and make sure you have what you need and to give you time to walk to the entrance), and start at the back of the park (Pirate Reef).
  • You can pick up a 1st time at Legoland pin from the ticket booth.
  • Stop by Guest Services to pick up an identification wristband for your child and don’t forget to apply your SafetyTat before your outing.
  • Hit the gift shop early to avoid lines and they will hold your purchase for you until closing.
  • Stroller rentals are $11 for a single and $15 for a double. Click here to see them.
  • They do have a parent swap policy that allows you to swap out parents. For example you have one child who cannot ride because they are too small. All of the family stands in line, then when boarding one parent gets on with the older child whom can ride while one parent waits with younger child at the front of the line. When the ride is over the parents switch. Older child gets to ride twice, younger child has to wait twice as long.
  • Cabana’s in the water parks are available to rent. In the Legoland water park prices start $130 and in  the Chima water park they start at $150. Click here for more info.
  • Minifigure Trading-Kids can bring their complete mini Lego figure(s) and trade them with Legoland staff. Click here for more in for on trading.

Click here to get a height requirement map.

Click here to find all the great areas for children under 2.

Click here for shows and events.

Food in Legoland

You can find this eatery in the Legoland waterpark. We really enjoyed this pizza-it was hot and fresh. We also enjoyed their fresh fruit cups, and rice krispy treats. Make sure you have a great hand sanitizer on hand like Mother’s Therapy Organics.

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We took advantage of this money-saving offer as you could imagine, these offers really help. We ate at the Pizza & Pasta Buffet mostly because it was a buffet. It was really good and they kept the buffet well stocked during peak hours. They also have a variety of pastas, and a salad bar.

Legoland Snacks and Drink Prices

There were a few snack stands around the park and this a picture I took so you could get an idea of the prices. I wish we would have pack more water bottles because the price of water was crazy! They also had this soda offer in the water park which might be a good deal if you plan on staying in the water park all day.

Legoland RestroomsRestrooms are always a big deal because we have little ones we need to visit them often. All of their restrooms were really nice-always clean and they have family restrooms. I love family restrooms because they are easy for a family to use. Much bigger and they have a changing table. All their restrooms were stocked with feminine products for emergencies.

Legoland Rides

A few of the rides we enjoyed. Pirate Reef was a lot of fun but prepare to get soaked! The Driving School was the most anticipated ride of the day! When they finally got to it you could just see the thrill in their faces!

Marina Legoland

The Miniland Marina was a fun little attraction along the way. You have to pay $1.00 to be able to sail a boat around the marina. (I can’t remember for the life of me if it only took quarters of not so be prepared just in case.)

Miniland Legoland

 

They had awesome replicas of Las Vegas, New York, and San Francisco.

StarWars in Legoland

Star Wars Miniland was also a fun walk through activity to see all the replicas in such detail.

Activities in Legoland

They also had a few fun shows, carnival type pay to play games, and tons of free play areas.

Legoland Photo Ops

There were tons of great photo opportunities so make sure to have your camera fully charged.

Legoland's Waterpark

A word of advice wear swimsuits under and bring dry clothes if you plan on doing both the water park and theme park or you will have to deal with chaffing and rashes. Not fun!

Legoland Waterpark

There was so much to do for older and smaller children in the water park. We all enjoyed it well all except for Ezra-he has a love-hate relationship with water and if it ain’t in a tub, he ain’t loving it. There were big slides and little slides, tube slides, build-a-raft river, a play area splash pad area, private cabanas, and lines of chairs to sit.

Legoland Ledgends of Chima Waterpark

The Chima Water Park was also a lot of fun! The Lion Temple Wave Pool was one of the favorite activities of the day. It was warmer water then the rest of the water park and very relaxing. The sandy white beach across from the wave pool was Sadie’s favorite place to play and my favorite place to relax.

Our trip is one that we will remember for years to come and cherish.  I hope this information helps you plan your perfect trip to Legoland!

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

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Monaco Addict Mother & Daughter Giveaway! 8/29-9/12

Welcome to the Monaco Addict Mother & Daughter Giveaway!

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 Thank you so much to Dividing by Zero for allowing my readers access to enter this giveaway! These are such cute shirt and would be a great win!

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Julienne Peeler Giveaway (8/30-9/8)

 

Julienne Peeler Giveaway Event (9/8)

Julienne Peeler Giveaway Event (9/8)

I know I would love to have one of these in my specialty tool drawer. Those carrots on a salad would just be lovely and I know my children would love them! Thanks to Up All Night..Blogging and the co host for allowing me and my readers to enter this event. 

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Truthful Thursdays #TT

 

Truthful Thursdays

Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.

My truths for today.

  1. This week has been a busy one! Dad is working out-of-town and that means I have a lot more to manage, but I have a little quiet time at night since Dad and I aren’t spending that time together. In that time I have been able to reflect on a few things I hope to talk more about in the coming weeks.
  2. I love what football is doing for our oldest so far. He is really learning to be part of a team-which is a great skill to learn early on. I also love that it is teaching him that exercise and fitness is important. I also love how his coaches are putting school first and using football as a motivator. All of his coaches are doing a great job and I couldn’t be more happier! Are your kids playing any sports or participating in any activities this year?
  3. Today I had the scare of my life! I know the nurse doesn’t mean to do this to me, but when she called she asked to talk with Sadie’s Mother or Father. Then she said Sadie had an incident in the cafeteria and she had choked on her lunch. My heart dropped-I am about to cry, I am looking for the keys to head down there. I think she can hear it in my voice when I ask if she is okay, because she quickly says she is fine now and is in her office. Sheesh…being a parent can really be an emotional roller coaster. I wish I could hug her! That’s why it’s so hard to let her go. I won’t always be there. I was able to talk to her and let her know I am sorry that happened and I am glad she is all better. She was a little shaken up still from what had happened, but she wanted to get back her class because they were in fine arts. What heart dropping moments will you never forget? 
  4. I am really excited for fall! We have football games coming up, pumpkin and apple picking, Halloween, two kids birthday’s in Fall, and Thanksgiving! Just the though of Fall is so comforting and warming! What is your favorite thing about Fall? 

These are my truths of the week, I hope you share yours!

It’s way past Thursday but I still wanted to share these thoughts with you all.

Have a great weekend!

Wordless Wednesday with Linky #WW

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Football Practice, these two are my day, and park fun.

Last Weeks:

Rained out and a peek at Cay’s Frozen Party!

A Birthday and Playtime

Back to School

Another peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

A peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

4th of July Weekend

C+I Merchie Meet-Up

Summer

Sadie’s is 5

Summer Time Fun-Splash Pad

Not so Happy

Zoo Fun

Mother’s Day

El Paso Zoo

Vegas!

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love

Target

Family Fun

Ezzie’s First

Night..Night

My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

Johnson’s No More Tangles Review & Hair Styles

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I had the wonderful opportunity to review Johnson’s No More Tangles hair care line for my girls from Influenster. I was really happy to be able to review them because I heard that Johnson’s was removing questionable ingredients from their products in order to help make them more child friendly-awesome right!?

The first product we used was the Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and Conditioner. The smell takes me back to my childhood my grandmother used it on us as children and to this day still keeps a bottle in the house for her great grandbabies. It is a very gentle scent that is calming for me. Plus it is tear free, and I don’t know about your little ones in the bath but mine are so busy playing and splashing they have no time to put their head back.

The second product was my favorite of the group-it’s the Johnson’s No More Tangles Leave-In Conditioner. This stuff works miracles! If you have tender headed girls or girls with thick hair this is what you have been looking for. It works into the hair effortlessly and quickly softens the hair to a manageable state. It smells lightly also and works great in wet or dry hair.

The last product we tested was the Johnson’s No More Tangles Detangling Spray. This scent is also nostalgic for me, and is so light and slightly floral-I love it. I really do need this in the morning because our kids all shower and bathe before bed so in the morning we must fight off the bedhead and only a spray will do. Yeah I could use a water bottle, but that would entail screams from the tangles which is why this spray is a must have in our house.

Here are a few ways I use these products. I even use them on my little man!

We are loving this #NoMoreTangles routine! @influenster #contest

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Hope you enjoyed this review and hopefully you have found it helpful for your family.

Thanks for stopping by the blog and reading. 🙂

Manic Monday Recipe Round-Up Crock Pot Dinners

ManicMondayRecipeRound-Up Crock Pot Dinners

This week in my meal planning research I came across this great site, Crystal & Co. The owner is a mom named Crystal. She has 5 boys and knows a thing or two about time management in the kitchen! I have 3 recipes to feature of hers today that I am putting on my master menu planning list and can’t wait to try!

The first is Crockpot Ravioli-this recipe has been pinned over 100,000 times! Can you guess why? My guess is because it’s super easy and has only 3 ingredients! Our kids love ravioli, but I have cut the canned one out of our life for the most part because it’s ingredients. This recipe is great because I can pick ravioli of my choice, a sauce, and cheese then dump it all in the Crock Pot and dinner is ready in 3 hours. Add a salad and some yummy garlic bread and bam! Dinner is served!

 The next recipe is a comfort one. I love my warm, creamy, comfort foods and this one delivers on my cravings. Crystal’s Crockpot Chicken and Noodles would be a great after practice meal on a cool fall night. I can’t wait to try it and I will Instagram it when I do! (If you try any of these recipes please tag me and let me know how it was @Mom254321).

The last recipe is Honey Catalina Chicken and although I have never tried Catalina dressing this meal is just so simple and effortless I have to try it!

Thanks to Crystal of these great recipes!

Hope you all a wonderful Monday! Happy Menu Planning this week!