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Since 2007, www.BusyBeeBlogger.com has been a go to entertainment and Southern California lifestyle blog. What started off focusing on celebrity gossip, and entertainment, now includes SoCal news and events, entertainment news, lifestyle posts, and pinup girls. Oh, and cocktails, lots and lots of cocktails.
We do what we can to bring to you the best of what SoCal has to offer, and let you know what isn’t as good as they claim to be, as well. We visit local events, concerts, and include reviews on Southern California hotels. There is always information on places you can jump in the car and enjoy a SoCal day trip. From San Diego, to Palm Springs we bring great ideas for fun you can have in Southern California. This is great for Southern California natives and those that wish they could call SoCal their home. Playing tourist in your own town can be fun, and with all of the hidden gems that San Diego county, Orange County, Palm Springs and LA have to offer, we think we will be busy for a while bring you our favorites.
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For 8 years, www.BusyBeeBlogger.com has been an entertainment and lifestyle blog written by Cari Bee. It reaches hundreds of thousands of readers from all walks of life, locally and nationally, and is part of Single Edition Media, and Technorati Media. Cari has also had work appear for Daily Stab, Celebrity VIP Lounge and HaveUHeard.net. She was also part of the panel discussion Table For One on being a single and childfree blogger at BlogHer12 in New York City.
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I have a weakness for lemon cocktail recipes. Living in Southern California, all I have to do to get a little lemon for my drink is to walk outside and pick it off of my own tree and add them to my cocktail recipe of choice. Not a bad deal. I love the tangy citrus taste and the lemon vodka cocktails just taste so good during the summer in the heat. I recently found a new vodka and a new lemon cocktail recipe. Hangar One Vodka is based in Alameda, near San Francisco, CA and we are all about the California love here at Busy Bee Blogger. The Lavender Enlightenment cocktail brings lemon together with lavender. This is a vodka cocktail that you have when you really want to enjoy yourself and just relax. The lavender brings on the calm and the lemon scent has been known to balance out energy and emotions. Channel your inner peace with this simple and bright spring cocktail courtesy of Hangar One Vodka. For best results, use a sprig of lavender from your garden, and some nectar from the local neighborhood honeybees. See the recipe for this a delightful seasonal sip below. 2 oz. Hangar One Buddha’s Hand Citron Vodka 3/4 oz. lavender honey syrup* 3/4 oz. lemon bianco vermouth Garnish with fresh lavender Method: Shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice. Garnish with fresh lavender. *To make lavender honey syrup, combine equal parts lavender honey and hot water. You can always use this cocktail as an excuse to visit your local farmers market. We have these all week long in Southern California and you are almost certain to find lemons and lavender there somewhere. Or plant the lavender in your yard and have this ready all year long. You’ll be the queen of enlightenment, so calm that Buddha will be jealous. Cheers! *Blog for Southern California Lifestyle. Fun, Food, Fashion and Drinks.* Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Share...read more
Memorial Day Fun In Southern California Looking for some family friendly fun this Memorial Day weekend in Southern California? If you’re in North County San Diego, you can get yourself free ice-cream sandwiches at The Baked Bear in La Costa all while honoring those who has served and sacrificed for all of us in the Armed Forces. What a great way to open dialog with the kids about what this Memorial Day weekend is really about. RELATED – Enjoy Craft Beer Fest May 23rd at Liberty Station! Free Ice Cream Deal North County Deals will email fans who preregister here with a link to a printable certificate for a free cookie ice cream sandwich at The Baked Bear – La Costa. Nothing beats a Southern California day than one with an ice cream sandwich. And the ice cream sandwiches at The Baked Bear in La Costa are “totes amaze”. They take fresh cookies, or even waffles, and place delicious ice cream in between. Hello yummy. Helping Veterans In North County San Diego North County Deals that this weekend isn’t just about beach days and parties. Memorial Day is remember those who gave their all while serving and protecting us in the Armed Services. This Saturday, May 23 through June 6, 3015, North County Deals is donating $1 from every one of The Baked Bear ice cream sandwiches the Veterans Association of North County. This is a great way to start talking with the kids and family about what the holiday is really about, all while enjoying delicious handmade ice cream sandwiches. Sounds like a win win for all involved. So head up to our are of North County San Diego and enjoy some of our favorite ice cream sandwiches, all while helping out our local Veterans. You might just see the pinups enjoying ice cream at the table next to you! Location The Baked Bear 7610 Via Campanile, # 142 Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760) 635-8526 thebakedbear.com About North County Deals North County Deals, your source for local daily deals, provides an opportunity for North County residents to enjoy the wonderful products, services and experiences our local merchants have to offer with a belief in strengthening relationships with the community while giving back to local schools, organizations and charities. More Related Posts – Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches – Recipe Taste The South Pacific With Tropical Magnolia Ice Cream *Blog for Southern California Lifestyle. Fun, Food, Fashion and Drinks.* Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Share...read more
Celebrate San Diego Craft Beer Looking for a little adult fun this weekend in Southern California? Craft Beer Fest is returning to San Diego’s own Liberty Station in the Point Loma area on May 23rd. There will be bands playing live music, fun activities, local food trucks to feed your appetites and of course, lots of tasty local craft beers to taste. What a way to kick off Summer here in Southern California! San Diego Summer Kickoff Event This yearly craft beer tasting has become the must do Summer Kickoff event in San Diego. With all of the amazing craft beer that is being produced in the Southern California area it is a celebration of part of what makes San Diego and the surround areas unique. We are lucky enough to be home to such great craft beer makers and this is a great way to celebrate part of what makes us special. If you are not familiar with the San Diego area, Liberty Station is in Point Loma. So it is not in the down town area. We would still suggest carpooling as parking in Point Loma can sometimes be tight, or you could always use Uber and not have to worry about where you parked. That might be the best plan, especially if you are going to be enjoying the craft beer at this Southern California Craft Beer event. (i’m jus-sayin’) Fun Activities Not only will there be plenty of craft beer from San Diego to taste during the event, but there will also be some fun activities. Can you say, Human Hamster Ball? There will also be Human Foosball, Giant Jenga, Corn Hole and more to keep the good times going. With all of the fun and excitement there is also a chance for you to win your very own PROFESSIONAL home brew kit to take home with you, worth over $500. Who knows, you could be the next Ballast Point serving up tasty beer at next year’s Beer Fest in San Diego! Head over to sandiegocraftbeerfest.com to learn more and buy your tickets for Craft Beer Fest. This is sure to be a great way to kick off Summer here in SoCal. *Blog for Southern California Lifestyle. Fun, Food, Fashion and Drinks.* Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Follow Busy Bee Blogger on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google +Visit us on Google+! Share...read more
There is just something about Palm Springs that restores my soul. Between the history of the town, the beauty of the desert and mountains, and the drive you make to get there, I am always in a good mood driving into town. Palm Springs is the perfect distance from Los Angeles and San Diego: just far enough away that people won’t invite themselves but close enough that you can leave at a moment’s notice. When looking for a place to stay during a Southern California road trip to Palm Springs we knew we wanted to stay a nice hotel that was central to everything. We love being able to just leave and walk to wherever it is we can to go. We booked the Hyatt Palm Springs, and it was perfect for what we were looking for. The Hyatt Palm Springs is central to everywhere we wanted to be. Tonga Hut, a favorite tiki bar of mine where I saw the Martini Kings play, is across the street. The style of the hotel is very mid-century meets 21st century. More of nod to Palm Springs’ past than a recreation. There are curtains/room dividers made of metal, and plenty of glass throughout. All of this is balanced with the pops of color and fabric in the large communal spaces. All of the rooms at the Hyatt Palm Springs are suites that include sitting areas separate from the bedroom. By the end of our stay we were quite comfortable snuggling up on the couch reading, and watching the aquarium channel on the TV. (There is a feed on one of the channels that has a colorful aquarium on 24 hours a day.) If you want to take a dip, there is a pool at the Hyatt Palm Springs. It is smaller than in some of the newer hotels, but it is just the right size if all you want is to jump and and cool off. Surrounding the pool are cabanas, and lounge chairs with umbrellas. But if you want one of the prime areas I suggest you get to the pool early. I hopped down at 10AM and all of the umbrellas had been taken, and it was just too hot of a day for me to lay in the sun. Our most favorite perk of the hotel is how close it is to downtown. We tend to walk everywhere and the Palm Springs Hyatt is within walking distance to most everything downtown. If you need a ride further into town you can schedule a lift on the shuttle. We really enjoyed our stay at the Palm Springs Hyatt and would most definitely suggest that anyone wanting to spend time in downtown Palm Springs stay here. The rooms are clean and spacious with a midcentury nod in design. Just be sure to get your spot at the pool early if you want an umbrella. BusyBeeBlogger was in no way compensated for this review. *Blog for Southern California Lifestyle. Fun, Food, Fashion and Drinks.* Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Share...read more
This is the time for celebrations. This weekend is Mother’s Day and that means that graduations, weddings and bridal showers will soon fill your calendars this spring and summer. What would make these celebrations even better is a nice bubbly cocktail with a fruit kisses taste. Who wouldn’t want to raise a glass with a bubbly cocktail like that? Are you hosting? then this sparkling cocktail will make your life easier. It will be perfect for the Mother’s Day brunch, bridal showers lunches and whatever other celebrations come your way. The Peach Sparkler is bubbly and fresh with a kiss of peach. Make these sparkling cocktails for whatever celebration you are hosting. Even if it’s just a Saturday afternoon with friends. Have this recipe on hand and you will be the favorite hostess of the season. They may ask you to host all of the celebrations. Celebration Sparkling Cocktail Recipe Cruzan® Peach Sparkler 1 1/2 parts Cruzan® Peach Rum 2 1/2 parts Sparkling Wine 2 1/2 parts Soda Water 1 Lime Wedge 1 Strawberry Directions Squeeze lime wedge into a champagne flute and add remaining ingredients. Stir and garnish with a strawberry. If you are wondering what you can serve with this Cruzan Peach Sparkler cocktail, we suggest tapas and a mix of appetizers for afternoon parties. A cheese plate with smoked fish or sardines with a mix of fruits and salads are always fantastic. If you are already grilling, you can also throw on some romaine lettuce for a fantastic twist. Cut them in half lengthwise and grill, but not too long. Dress with a vinaigrette or crumbled cheese with strawberries and this will be the perfect partner to the Cruzan Peach Sparkler. ENJOY! Bastille Day Inspired Cocktails – Recipes Salon, Champagne, and celebrities! Sometimes Simple Is Best – My Perfect Weekend Lunch Elevate Your Cocktail – Lemon Sparkler Champagne Cocktail Recipe Follow Busy Bee Blogger on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google +Visit us on Google+! *Blog for Southern California Lifestyle. Fun, Food, Fashion and Drinks.* Are you receiving the Busy Bee Blogger newsletter? Sign up for all of the updates on news, recipes, and fun!* Share...read more