Starbucks Grand Opening In Temecula

A new Starbucks opened up in Temecula on Winchester and Ynez a couple weeks ago. The new Starbucks store boasts a new look and is strategically located next to the freeway for a quick stop before your commute. The newly upgraded facility also has some curb appeal and adds to the beauty of the area.


As a Technology centered mom, I judge a coffee store by their hot strong coffee, free WiFi and electrical outlets.  I counted almost 60 outlets in the new Starbucks, comfortable seating and several tables. The outdoor seating area is also very spacious. The Americanos are awesome here, as always and we have no complaints about the WiFi.  The staff is also very friendly and the ambiance provides a great atmosphere for meetups with friends, college student or neighbors waiting out the traffic.  We will definitely miss the old location, but love the added amenities of the new location.

If you’re visiting Temecula, make sure to stop buy and check out the new Family approved Starbucks. We love it!

Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 3/14/14-3/16/14

Do you have your green outfit ready?  It’s Saint Patrick’s Day on Monday, but the St Patty’s celebration is going to kick off on Friday!  From  a Victorian celebration at a Railway to the Color Run there is something for everyone in the family to do.  We recommend you wear green to all your festive events to add a little bit of St Patty’s spark to your weekend!

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home. – Irish proverb

Here is a list of our favorite events this weekend:


Photo Credit: Orange Empire Railway Museum

  • Iron Horse – Family Steampunk Carnivale:  March 15-16. The Orange Empire Railway Museum has organized a Victorian era family event at their historical museum.  The Iron Horse/Family Steampunk Carnivale celebrates the Victorian Era, Edwardian science fiction and the Industrial Revolution with a real, live steam-powered locomotive being the perfect backdrop.  Enjoy locomotive and vintage rides, a victorian fashion show, vendors, kid games, food, did we say food! and much much more.


  • Les Miserables Musical: March 14 – March 16.  Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France.   The musical follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.  (San Bernardino, CA)
  • Bluegrass Festival evening concert: March 15-16. James King Band, Bluegrass Etc. and Silverado perform at Bluegrass Festival. (Temecula, CA)
  • Chalk Art Festival: March 15.   Join the Palm Springs Rotary Club for their annual Chalk Art Festival.  Artists will be creating beautiful masterpieces on the sidewalk.  Proceeds go toward area nonprofits. (Palm Springs, CA)
  • Sargeant Ysmael Villegas Birthday Celebration: March 15.   Join the City of Riverside  at the Riverside National Cemetery for a 90th birthday celebration honoring Hometown Hero, Sergeant Ysmael R. Villegas.  (Riverside, CA)
  • Circus Vargas –  March 14-16.  Every child needs to experience an event under the Big Top.  Join the Circus Vargas family for a spectacular evening.  Temecula, CA  (Dates:  March 6- March 17).  Circus Vargas will be in Temecula, Ontario & San Bernardino between March – April 2014.  (Temecula, CA)
  • Color Vibe 5K – March 15-16. Gather your friends and head to Lake Skinner for an amazing Color blast event. (Lake Skinner, CA)


Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 2/7/14-2/9/14

Things To Do This Weekend | Inland Empire Weekend Events 2/7/14-2/9/14

This week we want to put the spotlight on the City of San Bernardino art and music scene.  There are several art galleries in town featuring photography and artifacts from around the world for a limited time only.  If you are planning on attending the Snowed in With Kingston event we also recommend you head up to the mountain early.  Big Bear is a busy place, especially if there is a big event.

Photo Credit: Mexican Consulate/ Nicolas Triedo

Photo Credit: Mexican Consulate/ Nicolas Triedo

  • Ebano – A Photographic Exhibit: The “Ebano” exhibit by Mexican photographer Nicolas Triedo at the National Orange Show Art Gallery in San Bernardino celebrates African heritage in Mexico.  (San Bernardino, CA)
Photo Credit: Orange Railway Museum

Photo Credit: Orange Railway Museum

  • Orange Railway Museum:  The non-profit Orange Empire Railway Museum has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California.  Family approved.
  • Temecula Valley MuseumThe Many Faces of George Washington exhibit.  January 11 – February 16 (Temecula, CA)
  • Music to My Eyes exhibit:   David Edward Byrd: Posters and Music Related Designs 1968-Now Cost: FREE. $3 donation recommended  (San Bernardino, CA)
  • Treasures of Ancient Egypt exhibit: Greeks in the Boot: Greek Influences in the Italian Peninsula as Reflected in the Pottery of Various Regions, ca. 800-200 B.C. Cost: FREE. $3 donation recommended  (San Bernardino, CA)
  • The Permanent Collection:  The largest, most comprehensive photographic center in the West features four sub-collections: the Bingham Technology Collection, University Print Collection, the UCR/California Museum of Photography Study Center Library Collection, and the Digital Virtual Collectio  Cost:    (Riverside, CA)
  • Sentry: Works by Joe Biel:  The museum exhibition featuring a series of large-scale, two-dimensional drawings on paper and a monumental drawing installation specifically produced for the Culver Center of the Arts.
  • The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley: Stanley Lambchop is a normal boy in all respects who wants to do something amazing. One night, the bulletin board above his bed falls right on top of him – and he wakes up flat!


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Celebrating Lunar New Year At Pechanga Resort

Inland Moms attended the Lunar New Year celebration at Pechanga Casino & Resort.  The official seven day Chinese New Year Holiday was kicked off at the entrance of the Pechanga Hotel with colorful decor and fireworks.


It was a festive event! Make sure to watch the video to capture the spectacular traditional festivities and fireworks!

The Chinese festival marking the start of the new year, beginning on the second new moon after the winter solstice and ending on the full moon fifteen days later. It is marked by visits to family and friends, special meals, fireworks, and gift giving.  We were so excited to be able to participate in the celebration.