Thursday, February 21, 2013

Picking Flowers in the Outfield- learning from my son




Anyone who has young children(and some not so young) has had experiences with "that child". The child that misses the ball in the outfield because he is too busy picking flowers or playing in the dirt.

With spring approaching, children start coming out of their winter in-activities  and get ready for Spring sports!  My son has decided that after playing hockey for the last three years, he was ready for a change.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Dana Point Whale Sand Sculpture Contest



Have you ever seen the sand sculpture contests and thought, hey, I can do that?! Are you an artist that loves sculpting?

Many times I will turn on the news and see amazing sand sculpting contests and think, there is NO way I could ever do that! WOW!

Well, now there is a contest coming up where we could watch or even enter to try our hand at it ourselves!
Check out the DANA POINT FESTIVAL OF WHALES ANNUAL SAND SCULPTING CONTEST!

Friday, February 15, 2013

My Little Pony Coronation Event



If you haven't heard, My Little Pony has a special episode coming up on February 16th! 

It will be The first look at the newest addition to the royal family will be revealed when The Hub TV Network, one of the fastest growing basic cable networks,premieres the special all-new coronation episode of the animated hit series My Little Pony Friendship is Magic,” Saturday, February 16 (10:30 a.m. ET)In thehighly anticipated episode, Twilight Sparkle becomes a princess, resulting in a flurry of special events from the network around the character’s coronation including anine-episode My Little Pony Princess Coronation Marathon Saturday, February 16 (6-10:30 a.m. ET)showcasing the character’s journey to her crowning moment. The series is produced by Hasbro Studios.


Strawberry Shortcake- A New Boy in Town


For all of your Strawberry Shortcake fans, someone new is moving into your children's hearts!

For all the little boys that have to endure watching Strawberry Shortcake with their sisters, now they have a boy to root on.

FAN-FAVORITE CHARACTER HUCKLEBERRY PIE MAKES HIS DEBUT
IN NEW SEASON OF ‘STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE’S BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES’ ON THE HUB TV NETWORK

Monday, February 11, 2013

SCUBA divers! Come to Catalina Island Feb 23rd!



If you are a SCUBA diver in California, you have probably heard about the beautiful Island of Catalina.  It is one Island in a chain of Islands known as the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California.

Catalina is the most populated of all the Channel Islands and hosts a large variety of marine species waiting to be discovered!  I was fortunate enough to spend much of my childhood on Catalina as my family had a residence there.  My first job was taking snorkeling tours in Lovers Cove and working at Catalina Divers Supply.

As soon as my sinuses and age allowed me, I became SCUBA certified in the beautiful Marine Preserve of Casino Point and proceeded to explore the Island underwater.



Every year at the end of February, hundreds of divers are invited to participate in the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup.  Imagine a beach cleanup, underwater and you have a pretty good idea of what we do. &nbsp What makes this event a little different is, unlike a beach cleanup, we discover very unusual finds that are attributed to the thousands of boaters that inhabit the harbor from Memorial Day thru Labor Day.  While boating is a great pass time, many objects fall overboard!

This cleanup is the only time that divers are permitted to dive in the harbor and we remove tons of trash each year.

I use the term trash lightly.  The trash brought up includes a large variety of useless items but also some expensive and priceless items as well!  Many antique glass bottles and pottery have been brought up along with watches, jewelry and even wallets!

To make the cleanup more enjoyable, there are contests held for different items brought up; smallest, most expensive, most preverted (which I was the first recipient of), most romantic, oldest, newest, and more! If you happen to be a good storyteller, there is a reward called the BS Award, where the best story made from the trash found, wins a prize.  If you are lucky to find a white ceramic plate with writing on it, you are the winner of the item written on the plate from the best Italian Restaurant on the Island, Antonio's Pizzeria.

Additional to the trash contests, you can buy raffle tickets to win some of the thousands of dollars worth of prizes donated to help out the cause.

All proceeds raised go to the Hyperbaric Chamber that resides in Two Harbors that saves divers lives every year!

If this sounds like it would make a great weekend getaway this year, please join us on February 23rd, 2013.  Even if you don't dive, it is a weekend full of fun on one of the most beautiful Islands in the world!

Please join us and have a great time while supporting a great cause!



Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentines Day Special for Couples! OC Zoo!





BE “WILD AT HEART” AT THE OC ZOO
COUPLES ENJOY TWO-FOR-ONE ZOO ADMISSION THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

(Orange, Calif.) – To celebrate Valentine’s Day the OC Zoo is inviting couples to be “Wild at Heart” and enjoy two-for-one zoo admission February 14-17. Couples, pairs and any party of two can take advantage of this special Valentine’s Day offer.

ATTN: Educators! Aquarium of the Pacific





Are you a homeschooling parent or an educator that is looking to put The Marine Sciences into your curriculum?  Is the nearest aquarium to far or expensive to bring your class to for a learning experience?

The Aquarium of the Pacific now has educational videos on request to help you teach your students at the leisure of your computer!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake Live with the Doodlebops




Do you have little girls in your house? If you do, you probably have all of the Strawberry Shortcake episodes and songs from the TV show on The Hub memorized!

You may also have fond memories of that special strawberry scented red head from your own childhood.  I know I do! My first bikini was Strawberry Shortcake!  I could not get enough of that sweet smelling doll.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

17th Anniversary of Irvine Park Railroad! $2/ Train rides



Have you been to one of Orange County's best parks?  

They have lakes, horses, pony rides, train rides, holiday events and even a zoo! 

I am talking about Irvine Park in the city of Orange!

This year, they are celebrating 17 years of entertaining families and they are rolling back the prices to 1996!  Come check it out on February 23/24th!

Irvine Park Railroad’s 17th Anniversary Celebration 2013

Come celebrate Irvine Park Railroad’s 17th anniversary on Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th. We’re rolling back prices to our original 1996 prices… including$2.00 train rides! It’s our way of saying thank you to all of our loyal customers who have visited Irvine Park Railroad over the years.

Friday, February 1, 2013

February is the month of Love- Hearts in Nature


For the next 14 days I am going to go on daily walks with my children in search of Love. 

Okay, maybe my husband might not like that... Alright, we will be on the search of hearts.  As spring approaches, love is in the air and in nature!  While I will spare you pictures of animals doing the deed, I thought that I would take pictures of heart shapes in nature. 

While trying to find items for my son's school and looking for fun pictures of hearts for his projects, I realized that they are all very feminine and my son would have nothing to do with them.  I started looking online to find more masquiline hearts and to my dismay, there were very few.  So my goal of this month is to find them for others, especially ones not so... girly.