Friday, February 27, 2015

Easter Eggs, Trains, Win Prizes and More at Irvine Park Railroad! @IrvineParkRR #Giveaway

With Easter just a little over a month away, my families favorite park is getting ready for their annual festivities such as Easter Egg Hunts and train rides.  Irvine Park Railroad has been a tradition since my oldest was barely walking and we look forward to celebrating each season with them.

Since we have been sharing our adventures there each season, you know that we always have fun prizes to giveaway so that your family can enjoy it too!  Check out the bottom of the page for the chance to win tickets!

Starting March 14th and going through April 4th, the Easter Bunny will join Irvine Park Railroad for fun Easter activities that include:
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Face-Painting
  • Bounce houses
  • Carnival games
  • Train rides
  • Hay rides
  • Pony rides and more!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MOVIE NIGHT: Best of Me Made Valentines Day Even Better! | @FHEInsiders #BestofValentine #BestofMeInsiders #ad

Valentines Day is a day for spending time with loved ones and this one was no different.

When I mean no different, I mean that I spent it with my husband and kids.  Ideally, my husband and I would get a night to ourselves but unfortunately, this seldom happens.  In addition, we want our children to feel loved too so we really don't mind sharing the day.  

We started the day by enjoying the beautiful weather at the beach.  My hubby and I had promised that we would have adult movie time after the kids were in bed but we started with a glass of wine courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment and the Best of Me movie.

The kids made friends and built sand castles while we enjoyed watching dolphins swimming in the waves.  Even before kids, we spent many dates at the beach and in fact, my husband proposed to me on a very similar day at the beach 9 years ago!  My son captured this sweet moment of my husband and I.   :-)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Top 3 Whales Spotted with Harbor Breeze Cruises! Orcas, Gray and Fin Whales | @HarborBreezeC #LongBeach


Have you heard?  There is a 97% success rate of seeing whales right now with Harbor Breeze Cruises!  My family and I were invited to test that percentage this week and we weren't disappointed!  Did you know that they spotted Orcas(Killer Whales) two days this week along with daily migrating Gray and endangered Fin whales?!

There are a lot of whale watching boats with daily cruises and since we live in Long Beach, our first choice was the Triumphant of Harbor Breeze Cruises.  

Harbor Breeze Cruises is stationed outside of the Aquarium of the Pacific and has two of the fastest whale watching boats on the West Coast, the Triumphant and the Christopher.

As we left Rainbow Harbor, we enjoyed the gorgeous view of the lighthouse, Queen Mary and shops.

Rainbow Harbor

The swells were rough this week but it didn't deter two boat fulls of hopeful whale watchers.  Here, the Christopher looks on as a Gray Whale spouts.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Win It! FREE Ice-Cream at Farrell's! NEW Tater Creator | @FarrellsisBack #TaterCreator

Do you love fries as much as I do?  Seriously, I could eat fries as my main course if my heart and arteries could handle it.  Farrell's understands that sometimes, you want your fries and you want them YOUR way!  

How about fries with over 7 million combinations?!  I am not kidding!  Farrell's has come up with the Tater Creator menu which gives us a long list of items that you can customize your fries or tater tots with.


My hubby and I have come to enjoy our occasional lunch dates at Farrell's without our kids.  It may sound selfish but since my hubby works nights, this is our version of a date.  We love sharing Farrell's with our kids but it's nice to get a chance to be alone too.

My husbands choices with his hamburger were:
  • Fries
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Cheddar
Simple yet good.

I got a little adventurous with:
  • Fries
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Bleu cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar (I LOVED this sweet and spicy combo!) 
If you are not sure what may or may not go together, you can always request the items on the side as I did.  

After we stuffed ourselves the waiter asked if we wanted dessert... well DUH! You just can't go into Farrell's and NOT get ice-cream, it's Un-American!  LOL  

Have you had my favorite?  The Gold Rush?  2 Scoops of ice-cream with peanut butter, fudge, almonds, whipped cream peanuts and cherry.  Yummm!

As we waddled out the door, we swore we couldn't eat another bite and yet we discussed when we would have our next lunch date.  Have you had a date with your spouse lately?  Farrell's has my vote!


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DISCLAIMER:  I was invited to try the new Tater Creator menu in return for sharing my experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Fishing and FREE Whale Watching Giveaway | @DanaWharf #DanaPoint

Dana Wharf Fishing

My family is not what you call morning people.  Really, there is few things we get up early for!  One thing that can almost always get us up for, is fishing.  Through experience, we learned that we always caught the most fish early and late in the day.

When we were offered a chance to go fishing on the "Reel Fun" out of Dana Wharf Fishing, we jumped at the chance.  While the 6:30 boat is not the only time, we chose to go for the early fish will take the bait mentality.

Sunrise Dana Wharf

The best part of waking up early?  The sunrise!  WOW!  I loved how beautiful Dana Point looked with the sun rising over the hill.

Dana Wharf Fishing

Even the Stand-up Paddle Boarders were enjoying it.

Dana Wharf Fishing

I know that not everyone is a fan of fishing but I have yet to see a child who doesn't get excited about catching their first and second and... fish.  If you don't have your own fishing rods, don't worry, you can rent them in the office.  The staff was super helpful and was right there to cut bait and help remove fish off the lines.  


After a short stop at the bait barge, we were off to the first fishing spot.  How do we find the fishing spot?  Look for the birds!  These pelicans were sneaky and tried to steal our fish at every turn.

Ocean Dana Wharf

One thing that I didn't take into consideration when we booked our trip was WHALES!  We are in the height of the Gray Whale migration and we saw no less than 4 Gray Whales and 30 dolphin.