Saturday, December 20, 2014

Queen Mary's CHILL 2015 a Review | @TheQueenMary #Chill #Spon

Have you been to the Queen Mary this winter?  CHILL is back for the 3rd year and we were there to see the new improvements.

The best improvement that I noted was that the admission price included ALL activities except the bucking reindeer!  We made a day out of CHILL going ice-skating, tubing, bounce houses, watched shows, and of course saw the latest ice-sculptures in the 4 degree Ice Kingdom.

I love the quaint village outside the Queen Mary and in the Christmas-time, it turns into Santa's Village with all of the decorations.

There are outside activities from the moment you walk in.  From bounce houses to bucking reindeer and ice-skating, there is plenty to do.

For when you want to relax, there are shows for kids of all ages to watch.  Check out the sand sculpture!

My kids favorite part of CHILL was the Ice-Tubing and the Ice-Kingdom.  The lines can get long and I highly recommend spending the extra money for the ELF Pass!  Worth every penny to not have to wait in the long lines.  

Friday, December 19, 2014

Last Minute Gift Ideas at the Outlets At Orange Win $50 Gift Card | @OutletsAtOrange #OAO #Giveaway #spon

With less than a week left, many of us have procrastinated in getting our loved ones their Christmas gifts.  While shopping is NOT my favorite thing, I DO love giving gifts!

I have been thinking, shopping would be more fun if I had some clue as to what to get people.  Really, everyone is so different and everyone has different tastes.  Can't everyone just like the same thing? LOL

Well I bit the bullet and went shopping this week at the Outlets at Orange(formerly the Block of Orange).  Why did I choose the Outlets?  Bottom line, I love deals.  Also, the Outlets have so many stores, I knew that I had a great chance of finding the right gift for everyone on my list.  I also included a few ideas for the men in our lives because we all know that men HATE shopping!

One of the reasons I don't particularly like shopping is because I usually have my children with me, complaining the whole time.  How do I avoid that?  I found a solution.  Zoogamo!  I had walked into the Outlets and almost got ran over by a Panda.  Okay, it wasn't a REAL panda but these cute rental animals that keep little legs from getting tired while mom shops.

Imagine an electric bike covered in cute animal fur and you have an idea how it works.  They are very stable and I saw kids as young as 3 riding them.

I started off to the ASICS store to check out the latest running gear for my husband.  The Warrior Dash is coming up in May and we could both use some new shoes.  I found a huge selection of running shoes for every type of foot.  Also, the shoes were buy one and get one half off. PERFECT!  One for me and one for hubby.

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate (Review) at the Honda Center | @DisneyOnIce #LetsCelebrate

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate,  opened this week at the Honda Center and we were there to experience it.  Full of familiar faces and favorite songs, Disney On Ice has succeeded again!

My contributor Heather Carroll took her children for the first time and shared their fun.  Here, her son looks on at amazement as the first of the characters come onto the ice.  The light up Dippin Dots cup had set the mood for a great evening!

The characters skated through our favorite movies such as Toy Story 2, Mulan and Lilo and Stitch, the costumes and talent were amazing!  The Chinese dragon was almost as long as the arena!


The costumes were great but the special effects made us believe in magic!  Between juggling fans, setting the ice on fire and SNOW, we never knew what was coming up next!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boat Parades and New Years Eve w/ Harbor Breeze Cruises | @HarborBreezeC #Christmas #ad

Christmas Lights

In California, we pride ourselves on our laid-back beach lifestyles.  During Christmas time we do things just a little different than most of the world.  We decorate our boats as well as our houses.

Last weekend, my family was invited to enjoy 2 of our local Boat Parades, Naples and Long Beach Harbors.  While across the world, people decorate their houses with Christmas lights, here in California, we decorate our boats too.

I usually take my family to watch the parades from the beaches but this year, we joined Harbor Breeze Cruises, our favorite whale watching fleet, on the vessel the Christopher located next to the Aquarium of the Pacific.

The 3 hour cruise included trips around the Long Beach harbor with the Queen Mary and continued down to Naples in beautiful Alamitos Bay.

Boat Parade  Sail Boat

Monday, December 15, 2014

Win Tickets to a Princess Bride Party at the Palace Theatre! | @STFoodCinema #Giveaway

Every child of the 80's knows the line, "As you wish"!  It was the classic tale of the best love story ever!  In fact, my children will not even go to bed without hearing the theme song, "Storybook Love"!  I am talking about of course the film, The Princess Bride.

I always wondered about the goings on of the Princess Bride behind the camera.  The set seemed as fun as the movie and of course the Fire Swamp always reminds me of the ROUS's.  

Now, 23 years later, Cary Elwes, otherwise known as Westley, has written a book that reveals all!  

Special Guest Cary Elwes "Westley" joins us Saturday, December 20th for THE PRINCESS BRIDE event at the historic Downtown Palace Theatre! Just in time for the holidays, Cary will be signing his new book AS YOU WISH and share stories about the making of the film with us on the same century old stage graced by entertainment icons such as W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers and Harry Houdini.

December 20, 2014