Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dinosaur Fans? Madrona Marsh Dino Lesson/Hunt! 6/30 #Dinosaurs #Kids

Madrona Marsh Dino Lesson/Hunt!


June 30, 2013


Recreation & Sports

Nature Center

Madrona Marsh Nature Center & Preserve

3201 Del Amo
Torrance, CA 90505

$5 per person

You must call to make Reservations


Friday, June 28, 2013

Fair Foodies! The OC Fair Food Lineup is Here! @OCFair #Food #Fair #ad

The 2013 OC Fair (July 12-August 11) invites Fairgoers to make the most of their admission ticket and take advantage of a variety of free exhibits, demonstrations, contests and events available:

OC Fair Foodies: New this year, the OC Fair has taken its most recognizable and edible features and made a new Fair family of food-themed characters. Scoop (ice cream cone), Carl (cotton candy), Olivia (orange), Mike (bacon-wrapped turkey leg) and more foodies will be featured as graphics, purchasable plush toys and costumed characters throughout the Fair.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Water Spots... A HUGE Pet Peeve! What Can I Do? @MyCascade #MyPlatinum #Sponsored

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Cascade. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

I love having company over at our house, especially in the warmer months! It really is fun to show off your special recipes! In my case, I love baking!

I don't know about you but I think presentation is worth almost as much as the meal itself!  I mean really, do you want Crème Brule on paper plates? Not ME!

Calling all Pirates! Come Enjoy a #FREE Pirate Fair at Belmont Pier! #Pirates #Fair #LONG BEACH

pirate invasion long beach ca

Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier
June 29th – June 30th, 2013
Saturday 10:00 am – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE

The OC Fair is Almost Here! #GIVEAWAY Adrenaline Junkies, Check it Out! Action Sports Arena @OCFair #GIVEAWAY #ad

 2013 OC Fair:
All-Star Action Lineup in the Action Sports Arena July 12-August 11

The 2013 OC Fair (July 12-August 11) brings Fairgoers closer to the action with an exhilarating lineup in the Action Sports Arena. The 23-day program provides excitement for all daredevils and adrenaline junkies, including motocross, Monster Trucks, bull riding, extreme rodeo, mixed
martial arts, canine agility demonstrations, dodgeball and demolition derby.

I was given tickets for my family to attend the OC Fair and enjoy the experience for myself! I can't wait!

July 12(Friday):
Starting off the 2013 OC Fair with an explosive performance is X-Treme
Freestyle Moto-X featuring high-flying motorcycle stunts on Friday.

July 13(Saturday):
The rest of the weekend also packs a punch with the 39th Annual Speedway Fair Derby (Saturday)

July 14(Sunday):
SummerFist VI – Mixed Martial Arts

The first full week of the 2013 OC Fair:

July 17 & July 19(Wednesday & Friday):
Dedicated to cowboys and cowgirls alike as bull riding, rodeo and equestrian action takes center stage. The hair-raising Extreme Rodeo pits brave cowboys against raging bulls.

July 18(Thursday) & July 20(Saturday):
Professional riders put their lives on the line as they try to hang on for eight seconds in Bull Riding.

July 21(Sunday):
Fiesta del Charro, which exhibits the centuries-old Mexican cowboy tradition of performing breathtaking stunts while riding on a horse. 

The second week of the 2013 OC Fair: invites Fairgoers to witness the raw power of the trucks in the Monster X Tour on its first visit to the OC Fair. 

July 24 & July 26, & Sunday, July 28(Wednesday, Friday & Sunday):
Monster and Tuff Trucks crush their way to victory.
 July 25 & July 27(Thursday and Saturday):
 Monster Truck action with quad racing can be enjoyed.

The third week of the 2013 OC Fair showcases the agility of dogs and humans alike.

July 31-August 2(Wednesday-Friday):
The new Amazing Dobermans show is sure to dazzle with dogs performing mind-blowing tricks , with performances at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. each show date.

August 3(Saturday):
As a brief interlude to the canine agility excitement, the Ultimate Dodgeball
Championships return for a second year on Saturday.

August 4(Sunday):
Fabulous canines will take back over on Sunday as the OC Police Canine Association Show rolls in to demonstrate the talents of the force’s four-legged officers.

The final week of the 2013 OC Fair:

August 7 & August 10(Wednesday & Saturday):
Is filled with destruction as the demolition derbies come back to town in three different formats. The Orange Crush Demolition Derby, on , fills the air with the satisfying sounds of crunching metal.

August 8 & August 11(Thursday & Sunday):
The Motor Home Madness Demolition Derby, on  proves to Fairgoers that motorhomes aren’t just for family vacations.

August 9(Friday):
Not to be outdone, the women of the Damsels of Destruction Demolition Derby show off their chops on as they raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Orange County.

Reserved seats for action sports at the 2013 OC Fair are on sale now via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office, which is open 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Box Office hours will expand as Fair dates approach. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticket Master or by phone (800) 745-3000. Reserved seats include free Fair admission for the day of the show. Limited free general admission seating with Fair admission is also available for each show on a first-come, first-seated basis.

How about FREE TICKETS???

I have been given 2 tickets to give away to a lucky winner!  The tickets are good for the July 13th for entrance into the OC Fair and the 39th Annual Speedway Fair Derby! 

Enter below:

The 2013 OC Fair, themed Come & Get It, is July 12 – August 11 and brings 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the Toyota Summer Concert Series at the Pacific Amphitheatre, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats and single-day general admission are available for purchase online at or from the on-site Box Office. The popular Super Pass, which offers the passholder 23 days of admission, is available for purchase online at from the onsite Box Office.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.

More information:
Please visit, become a Facebook fan, follow us onTwitter or call (714) 708-1500. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.

DISCLAIMER: I was given tickets for my family to experience the OC Fair.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

4th of July Craft! Drawing Glow in the Dark Fireworks! #Fireworks #Crafts #Kids #4thofJuly

Tonight we did a evening craft for the Fourth of July.

We took glow sticks, cut the ends off and drew 4th of July "fireworks" that glowed in the dark for an hour or two.   Make sure you put a fine gauze or stocking over the end that you cut as there is glass inside that you "break" to make them glow.  The liquid washes off with soap and the kids had a great time. 

DISCLAIMER:  There are chemicals inside the glow-sticks. DO NOT let children put the sticks/chemicals in their mouths! All crafts should be done with adult supervision.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Looking for a Unique Firework Show Experience? Watch Fireworks on the Water! #Fireworks #Ocean #ad

4th of July Fire on the Bay
Harbor Breeze Cruises offers the best fireworks viewing on the Bay.  Two fireworks shows this year: July 3 and 4.  Habor Breeze has offered this cruise annually for over 15 years.  This is a great opportunity for kids and families to spend spectacular evening on the bay!  These three hour cruise run approximately from 7 – 10 pm.  Tickets can be purchased for $25 per person for July 3rd and $35 per person July 4th.  Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 562-983-6880.

One of the Best Fireworks Shows We have Seen! #AlamitosBay #YachtClub #Fireworks @LBFD

JULY 3rd, 2013

Last year we happened upon this firework display by accident.  It is now our favorite! We sat on the beach next to the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club(the club event was sold out) and watched a 45 minute show in the middle of the bay!  The Show started right after sunset when it got dark.

Southern California at its best!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

SCUBA Divers! Do You Want a $5000 GC to @SportChalet? #SCUBA #Treasure #Hunt #Gold

Are you a SCUBA Diver? Have you heard about the annual Sport Chalet Treasure Hunt? 

From June 25- July 18, clues will be posted to (6) "Golden bars" Hidden off the coast of California and a special Arizona Marine Treasure!

Six sunken treasure bars valued at $5,000 (1),  $3,000 (2) and  $1,000 (3) in Sport Chalet gift cards will be hidden in diving locations for Scuba enthusiasts to discover.

Orange County Firework Shows for 4th of July! #Fireworks #OC #OrangeCounty

Orange County Firework Shows
JULY 1- 7, 2013
Please email me any I might have missed but I hope everyone has a FABULOUS 4th of July! Please take a moment to remember why we celebrate it and don't take our freedom for granted!

In Orange County, here are the following locations for July 4:

Monday, June 24, 2013

Are You Looking For Fireworks Shows in the Los Angeles County? Check this list out! #Fireworks #List LA

June 30- July 7, 2013

 Please email me any I might have missed but I hope everyone has a FABULOUS 4th of July! Please take a moment to remember why we celebrate it and don't take our freedom for granted!
JUNE 30, 2013

Club 55 at Disneyland! What is it? #Club55 @Disney #Windows

If you are an avid Disney fan, you are probably familiar with Club 33.  It's an exclusive club built for the original investors of Disneyland.

Did you know that there is a Club 55?  It is not a physical location in the park but a club that represents the original cast members that worked Disneyland when the park opened or in the year 1955.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Supermoon, What Is It and How Will it Affect us? #Moon #Grunion

In case you hadn't heard, tomorrow night is a Supermoon!  

The Moon will be extra big and bright! This combined with the high tide, means it should be a great night for the grunion run! The grunions should be running between 945-1130pm. 

Elephants, Tigers and Clowns! Oh MY! The SoCal Schedule Has Arrived! #Discount @RinglingBros @NicoleFeld @JulietteFeld #ad

Disclosure: I was invited to watch "Built to Amaze" for Media Night. All thoughts are strictly my own.

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus has just released its Southern California Schedule!

Have you decided what day to make new memories with your family?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Looking for FREE Family Fun? How About Movies on the Beach? #Movies #Beach #FREE #Outdoors #Family

Alfredo's Beach Clubs "Moonlight Movies on the Beach" &
Movies at Mom's Beach House

New Season Starts Saturday May 18, 2013
and runs through August 31, 2013

Movies are FREE and there is plenty of FREE PARKING.

Dinner, Snacks and Popcorn available for purchase.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

See More Behind the Scenes! @Disney #LoneRanger #ad

The Lone Ranger strikes again! Check out the latest teasers for Disney's new masterpiece!

"The Craft"

"Hi Yo Silver"

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Outdoor Activities in the OC- Schedule June #Parks #Outdoors #Camping #Hiking #Kids

OC Parks JUNE 2013 Outdoor Calendar of Events

June 1 – Pancake Breakfast and Equestrian Ride 

8:30 – 11 a.m.

OC Parks and Orange Park Association (OPA) invite you to a pancake breakfast followed by an equestrian ride throughout Irvine Regional Park. Few things bring people together better than a shared meal. A delicious breakfast of pancakes, eggs and bacon will be cooked by Irvine Park Rangers! The park staff looks forward to meeting the community that regularly visit Irvine Regional Park. After breakfast, OPA will be leading equestrian rides through the park’s best trails. Beginner and advanced rides available. All participants who RSVP will be entered into a drawing for OC Parks and OPA goodies! Please RSVP to Bill Klovstad at by May 29th to be entered into the drawing.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Greatest Show On Earth® Returns to SoCal with BUILT TO AMAZE! @RinglingBros #ad

All-New Circus Spectacular Custom Built For Family Fun By The Greatest Show On Earth® Comes To the Southland July 10-August 4 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze! It is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®.


Everyone is invited to join the fun and meet the Built To Amaze! cast of performers as they prepare for the show.

The Ringling Girls and Barnum Boys encourage kids to participate in a tug-of-war and kick off what will soon become an epic battle of girl power versus boy power in Built To Amaze!

Audiences also can pick up some hip dance moves during the dance party, try on custom designed costumes, learn circus skills like juggling from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley

Have the opportunity to witness and win a one of a kind masterpiece created by Asia, Ringling Bros. very own painting pachyderm(elephant).

Andre McClain, Ringmaster and America's favorite cowboy, takes the Ringling Bros. reins. Accompanied by his horse Commanche, they lead his Built To Amaze! funny and mischievous super circus supervisors, to construct The Greatest Show On Earth®. A fantastic design with more than 110 of the worlds best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals will be assembled, creating never-before-seen heart pounding performances.

You can only experience this design of excitement at Ringling Bros. Built to Amaze! Get your tickets for super circus fun today!

Tickets for Built To Amaze! go on sale Sunday, June 9th for all Southland engagements:


WHEN: Wednesday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 16

WHERE: STAPLES Center (1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015)

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $26, $30, $45-$50 (VIP), $70-$80 (Front Row) and $100-$120 (Circus Celebrity)

Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)Tickets available for purchase online at, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.


WHEN: Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena (4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764)

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)

Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.


WHEN: Friday, July 26 – Sunday, August 4

WHERE: Honda Center (2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806)

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $20, $26, $42 (VIP), $70 (Front Row) and $100 (Circus Celebrity)

Opening Night tickets are only $12 each (not valid for VIP or premium seating)Tickets available for purchase online at or, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.

*tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Take a sneak peak look at this amazing show!

DISCLAIMER: I will receive tickets for my family to attend a media night. All thoughts are my own. All Ringling Bros images are copyrighted and used with permission.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Get Behind the Scenes with Disney's, The Lone Ranger! @Disney #LoneRanger #Trailer #ad

Disney has done it again!  My favorite movies as an adult have got to be the Pirates of the Carribean series!  Bringing my favorite ride at Disneyland to life has yet to be equaled in my eyes. With all star casts, eye candy and action, Disney has a great recipe!

The time has come that possibly, they might have to step down as my favorite!  Johnny Depp...again...sigh... How can they go wrong?  The Lone Ranger arrives on the horizon early next month.

The Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding! June 29-30! Check it Out! #Skimboarding #Beach #AlisoBeach #LAGUNABEACH


(Laguna Beach, Calif.) ­ The VIC, previously known as the Victoria World Championship of Skimboarding (WCS), returns to Aliso Beach Park in Laguna Beach on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. The VIC is the longest-running skimboard contest on the professional circuit and the only that offers a live broadcast of the competition for audiences to experience from all around the globe.

June 2013 marks the 37th annual championship event. ³The contest has the broadest world-wide appeal of any other competitive event on the professional skim circuit,² commented General Manager of Victoria Skimboards, Kyle McClure. "We are taking the action from the sand, and catapulting it to viewers worldwide."

Monday, June 10, 2013

So Cal's Most Famous Fish! The Grunion are Running! @CabrilloAqua #Fish #Grunion #Teach #Family

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Photo Courtesy of Eric Wittman

Have you ever been on a Grunion Run? 

No, it's NOT the latest 5K run that is all the latest craze...!

The Grunion Run is the spawning season of a unique fish that lay eggs on our local beaches.  The Grunion leave the water and flip flop onto the sand to higher ground to bury their eggs in the damp sand not effected by the waves.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Take Your Kids Fishing, FREE! @TVFishing #DansKids #Fishing #Derby #DanHernandez #Kids

Free Kids Fishing event! They provide everything! Just bring the kids! Have a great day catching dinner! Lunch and raffle to follow fishing.
June 8, 2013 
8:00AM - 2:00PM

DISCLAIMER: This is not a sponsored post.  It is for informational purposes only.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Get Wet! The 2013 SCUBA Show @SCUBAShow @LongBeachCC #Diving #SCUBA #Travel #Seafood #Underwater

The 2013 SCUBA Show is this weekend!
June 8-9, 2013
Buy tickets here.
DISCLAIMER: This in not a sponsored post.  It is for informational purposes only. Do not use any pictures without permission.

Ride the Rails with Dad for Fathers Day! Orange Empire Railway Museum @OrangEmpireRail #GIVEAWAY #Trains #Trolleys

Photo Courtesy of the Orange Empire Railway Museum
The public is invited to ride, photograph or just view the Pacific Electric cars like the 717 during Pacific Electric Weekend June 15 and 17. The restored LA-area trolley cars once traversed a 1,000-mile interurban electric railway system, the largest in America. 

Bring Dad to Pacific Electric Weekend, June 15 and 16, at  
at Orange Empire Railway Museum

Bass Pro Summer Camp- Fish, Eat, Shoot, and Make Crafts! #FREE #Family #Fun #Outdoors #Fish #Shoot

Have you been to any of Bass Pro Shop's locations yet? Each season, they have fun kids crafts and activities! The Bass Pro Shop Summer Camp runs from June 8 - July 14.  This group of workshops and fun outdoor things to do are held Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturday & Sunday. 
Find that perfect Father's Day gift for your Outdoor Dad!
  • There is a fishing pond for the kids to come fish and release (2 weekends only)
  • Casting Challenge where you and your kids can practice "catching fish"
  • Crafts that change every week
  • Carousel Rides
  • Home Made Icecream
  • *NEW* BB Shooting Range
The best thing of all? It's all FREE!
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.  All thoughts are my own.  I was not compensated for this post.  Do not use any pictures without permission.  This is not a camp to drop off children and pick up later.  Parents must supervise children at all times.

Monsters University- the Scarequel! It's Not Just a Movie, It's a Game! #MonstersU @DisneyPixar @Disney #Addicting #Game


Just when you thought it was safe to go to college!  Monsters University hits theaters June 21 but you can visit Mike and Sulley here.

Your favorite Disney Monsters are going to College!  Find out where they learned how to scare!  They need a lot of fuel to learn and now you and your kids can help them!  Milk gives them super powers that your children will love!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Looking for the Best Fireworks for the Fourth? Found Them! @TheQueenMary #FourthofJuly #Fireworks #LiveMusic

Queen Mary Presents All-American 4th of July Celebration
A Tribute to Classic Americana through the Decades
Active Duty Military Honored for Independence Day
LONG BEACH, CA (June 5, 2013) — The Queen Mary will celebrate America with a unique take on the classic July 4th holiday by highlighting the best of traditional American entertainment decade by decade. Throughout the day, the air will fill with the sounds of Big Band, Swing, Pop and Rock while the decks become alive with vintage style entertainment, live performance acts and summer games.  In honor of Independence Day, uniformed Active Duty Military men and women will be admitted free of charge. 
“We’re transforming all decks of the ship in to a ‘time machine,’ with each new era marked by a change in music and programming,” said Steve Shelton, Queen Mary Director of Entertainment Events. “Guests will reminisce Independence Day in bygone eras while still being able to enjoy today’s popular music and entertainment. There’s something for the whole family.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

An Enchanted Evening at Mickey's Magical Map! #free #justgothappier #MagicalMeetup @Disneyland @DCAToday

When you think magical... what do you think of?

Disney of course! There is no more magical place on earth as Disneyland.  For many Southern Californians, although we have been there many times, it never gets old.  Disneyland, like life, is always changing.

I have been a Disneyland annual pass holder for 20 years.  Every time I go there, there is always something new I didn't notice before!  For instance, I was invited to go to Disneyland last week to see the new live action show, Mickey and the Magical Map! 

In case you hadn't heard, Disneyland Parks Blog and DCA Today hold special days where admission into the park is free in a lottery if you follow their blogs and twitter!  I had received notice that there was a Blog Magical Meetup and hurried to apply for tickets.  Anyone may apply.  For this show, 500 people were given the Magical Treatment! 

As I arrived with Erin of Horsing Around in LA and Angela Bishop of Rockin Boys Club, we signed in and were guided through the park to the Amphitheatre next to It's A Small World.  It was an unusually warm day but Disney had that covered.  As we walked in, we were treated to a complimentary kettle corn Magical Map bucket and drinks.  There was plenty of seating and we chose a seat close to the stage.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Has the Space Shuttle Endeavour Met its Match? The Toyota Tundra! @Toyota #TundraEndeavour @CAScienceCenter

In October of last year, I posted about how I took my children out of school to see history in the making.  The Space Shuttle Endeavour was flying by and I didn't want to take the chance that they might miss it. 

We waited on the top level of the Mickey and Friends Parking Structure at Disneyland with a thousand other people to get a glimpse of the piece of history flying over the Matterhorn.  It was 85 degrees that day with no shade.  It was worth every moment!  We cheered as it approached and waved madly at it in hopes that the pilot might see us.   The Happiest Place on Earth just got happier!  A day to remember always.

This last week, I was invited to relive seeing the Endeavour with  my family at its new home at the California Science Center in Los Angeles by Toyota Motorcars to watch the unveiling of the new 2014 Toyota Tundra.