Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Painting with Pachyderms! SO Much Fun! @RinglingBros #Elephants

My family got a once in a lifetime chance to do something unbelievable today!

We were invited to visit up close and personal with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus elephants at the Honda Center!   We were invited to have an art class with two of their many Asian Elephants! 

Our Trip to the @OCFair! #ComeHungry! #COSTAMESA

A couple of weeks ago, my family and I were invited to indulge at the OC Fair.  The last time we had attended, my kids were in diapers!

We went during the week on a Thursday and there were short lines and plenty of food!

One thing that you always hear about at the fair is the food!  Fried everything!  If you can imagine it, they have deep fried it!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Built To Amaze! A REVIEW! @RinglingBros #Circus

Last week I received an invitation to attend the opening night at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus's, Built to Amaze, at the Honda Center!  We had a blast! 

First thing we were told when I was invited was to be sure to arrive an hour and half early for the pre-show activities. 

Win the New DRAGONS Riders of Berk Boxed Set! #ad @FHEInsiders #GIVEAWAY

Do your kids like How to Train Your Dragon?  Do they watch it on TV as religiously as my kids?  The whole two seasons of DRAGONS Riders of Berk was just released to DVD this last week!

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the set to review.

Besides the great show, the DVD's also teach the kids about how the Vikings(not Minnesota) really lived!  Here are a few facts you can help them learn while they enjoy the show.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Free @SEALIFEAquarium Tickets! Find Out How! #Environment

Thank you for all of you that cleaned up Carlsbad Beach in June!  For those that were unable to come and help cleanup the beach and receive free SEALIFE Aquarium tickets, here is your second chance!

Friday, July 26, 2013

San Pedro Summer Festival! 125 Years! #Carnival #FREE 8/3-8/4

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Joshua Tree National Park- Great for Watching Meteor Showers! #Hiking #Camping

A couple years ago, I had the pleasure of taking my family to Joshua Tree National Park

What a beautiful place! 

We arrived the peak day to watch the Perseid Meteor shower and it was HOT!  The Perseids always arrive mid August, so you can guarantee that in the desert, it was warm to say the least. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blue Whale Season Is HERE! Let's Go! #HarborBreezeC #GIVEAWAY

I had SO much fun seeing my first 3 Blue Whales last week and the excitement of possibly seeing a Great White Shark, I have to do a Giveaway don't I? 

Who would have thought that just 300 feet off Palos Verdes, a whale watching boat would see a large Great White Shark feeding on a Sea Lion?

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Look to the Skies this August! It's Raining Meteors! #Perseid #Meteor #Shower

August doesn't just mark the end of another summer in our house.  It also marks a fun camping trip to see the sky light up with "falling stars".

Every August, the 11/12th this year, the comet, "Swift-Tuttle" moves through the constellation Perseus in the North-West sky.  The space trash that comes from the comet falls into our atmosphere burning up causing the Perseid Meteor Showers.

Monday, July 22, 2013

RMS_TITANIC_Inc and @BodiesExhibit Together! #GIVEAWAY #ad

My family has been in the ship building business since they arrived in America in the late 1800's.  My veins run with salt water! :-) 
I have always been intrigued by the Titanic and other nautical history. 

A Refreshing Change for Lunch! Greek! @DaphnesGreek

This last week I was invited to check out Daphne's CA Greek Cafe in Costa Mesa, to sample their new summer menu.

I love Greek food and jumped at the chance. Though, I had my daughter with me and honestly I was a little nervous about wether she would like it or not.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Free OC Fair Tickets! Find Out How! @OCGoodwill #Donate4Good

Did you know that I am a Goodwill Ambassador?  I don't know if you remember my post a couple months ago about all the good that Goodwill does for our community.

Goodwill helps people of different abilities find a place in today's workplace to help feel like contributors to society and have a sense of self worth.  From physical therapy, occupational therapy, work skills, and more, the Goodwill helps everyone. Did you know they also help military families find jobs and support while their loved ones are overseas.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Welcome to the Fleet MV Triumphant, #Whale Watcher! @HarborBreezeC #ad

I was invited this week to the christening of the newest vessel of the Harbor Breeze Cruiser, whale watching fleet!  If you have never been to a boat christening, it is just like you might have seen on TV.   A small party of the Captain, Owner, and in this case, the Mayor of Long Beach himself and the President of the Aquarium of the Pacific!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

What's Going on at the OC Fair? Check it Out! #OCFair #ComeandGetIt #ad

2013 OC Fair First Full Week Features City Days Saluting Select Orange County Cities Plus Performances by Alan Jackson, Extreme Rodeo and KIDZ BOP Kids Live

The OC Fair will salute Anaheim, Dana Point, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano on select days July 17-19 with a community flag salute and discount admission coupons.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dive Into the Deep with Explorers Day! @AquariumPacific #LONGBEACH


Meet real-life explorers who have traveled to the deepest part of the ocean, see underwater technology in action, witness live missions, and see new discoveries

WHAT:           More astronauts have traveled into space than aquanauts into the deepest part of the ocean. About 95 percent of the ocean is unexplored. The Aquarium of the Pacific and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invite the public to dive into the unknown, the final frontier of our planet, during Explorers Day on Sunday, July 21.

Meteor Cycle Co. Disneyland Legend Honored @Disneyland #BobGurr #History

You may in your travels through Disneyland come across an old bicycle above the streets of Mainstreet.  Did you ever wonder what it meant?  Each second window on Mainstreet USA is dedicated to different Disney Legends.

The bicycle is dedicated to retired Imagineer, Robert (Bob) Henry Gurr.  He enjoyed tools and working with his hands from a young age.  He started designing almost anything that ran on wheels at Disneyland in 1954. 

"If it moves on wheels at Disneyland, I probably designed it", he once said.

Monday, July 15, 2013

A Day for Special Needs Kids! #CatalinaSkiRace #LONGBEACH

You may have heard of the Catalina Ski Race. It is an awesome event of water-skiers that ski all the way from Long Beach to Catalina and back in under an hour! This year, it starts at 8:53AM on Saturday, July 20th.

Did you know that the day before the race is dedicated to children with special needs? The 19th Annual Special Needs Children’s Day At Marine Stadium is held in Long Beach. Volunteers work hard to give special needs children a day on and around the water, a day to remember.

Starting at 9:00 am, Friday July 19th, children with different abilities and their families, get a chance to be normal kids while enjoying boating, tubing, and other aquatic activities all helped by volunteers.

Food will be provided to the children and small goodies will be given to remember the day.

Ending at 3:00pm, the children and their families leave with smiles and memories. The volunteers smiles are just as big and all they could ask for!

If you would like to help put a smile on a child's face this Friday, please contact Skip Larson at (805)-377-4653 or (562)-943-5268 or Krista Karr at (562)-697-6730.

Did you know that my son struggles with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder? It is difficult for him to focus on the simplest of tasks that we all take for granted. The simplest deviation of his schedule creates havoc in his young world.

His first year of elementary school was especially difficult for him. Despite our protests, we were talked into administering medications to him to alter his anxiety and behaviors. This was a horrible mistake as his personality changed for the worse. After the school year ended, we swore he would not be put through the same struggles of medications again.

I am so happy that there are events such as this to let him be the child that is himself, not a child that is expected to fit in with society!

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Kids Love Treasure! Let Them Find It! #Metal #Detecting #Beach

If your children are anything like mine, they love playing dress up.  With shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates to influence them, we usually have little pirates running around our house.

Have you ever thought of encouraging piracy?  Okay, well not exactly piracy but helping them find treasure?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

How I Won Tickets to @MedievalTimes! @MedievalTimesCA #BUENAPARK #GIVEAWAY

My family loves all things outdoors!  You might have guessed. One thing you might not know is that I have been horse back riding since I was 5! The number of years that has been, I would rather not think about. :-)

My children have been eager to be around all things horses since they were little/er.  They got their first chance to see a jousting bout with knights and swords with all things horses at the Renaissance Faire a couple months ago. Since then, my daughter and son have dressed up as knight, dragons and princesses nearly every day. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Bolsa Chica Wetlands! A Great Nature Hike! #Hike, #Children, #Nature

Our hike through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands was SO much fun! We went to the wetlands for a new hiking area. 

We had driven by it so many times while going to Huntington Beach and Bolsa Chica beaches.  One time while driving by, we spotted dolphins swimming in the brackish(fresh and salty) water!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FOOD FIGHT!!! Join the Annual Tomato Battle! 7/13 #FoodFight #Beer


How Fun does this sound???!!!

Imagine a food fight for 5000 people!!! Beer Garden Too!

"The Tomato Battle unifies as many as 5,000 fruit-chucking fanatics for an afternoon of dancing to music, sipping libations, and flinging 300,000 pounds of Roma tomatoes at one another.  Mosh in a ketchup-covered fray that marries the traditions of Spain's La Tomatina tomato-throwing festival and Germany's Oktoberfest.  Festivities commence at noon with registration and opening, followed by live entertainment and a costume contest.  At 4:00p.m., soldiers donning bathing suits, safety goggles, and well treaded shoes converge on piles of past ripe tomatoes and set about pelting people with fruits like sentient apple trees avenging the initial-carving of amorous teenagers.  Beats and beer flow until past 7p.m. when ruddy troops lay down their arms and rinse their selves clean of pulp and juice.  An extra set of clothes is highly recommended.

Looking For A Park to Cool Off Your Little Ones? #Lakewood #Pools #Wading

As a parent of 2 young children, I am constantly trying to find places to keep them entertained! As the summer months get hotter, we tend to head to the beach, a lot!

As we all know, the beach can be a huge chore with the boogie boards, sand toys, sand, towels, etc. We feel like we are going on a week long vacation when in reality, we are just going to the beach for a couple hours!

I found a temporary solution.  I have found a few parks in Lakewood that have 18 inch deep wading pools during the summer months! They are great for even the littlest ones to splash and have fun with out the hassle.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Manhattan Beach Grand Prix! 7/7 #Racing #Cycling #Bicycles

Manhattan Beach Grand Prix
52nd Annual Chevron 

Enjoy a day of world-class racing, great food, exhibits and community spirit for the whole family!

Date: 7/7/2013 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Live Oak Park
1901 Valley Drive
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

The Manhattan Beach Grand Prix (MBGP) was founded in 1962 by local cycling legend Ted Ernst and is the nation's second-oldest, one-day bicycle race.

As the race has grown over the past 52 years, it has developed a reputation for providing high-quality competition that benefits both the community and the athlete.

The MBGP provides racing for all levels of men and women U.S.A. Cycling (USAC) racers as well as a wide age range of community racers.

The MBGP draws over 7,500 spectators and nearly 1,000 racers. For more information, visit the Grand Prix website.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Hi Ho Silver, Away! Childhood Memories! #LoneRanger #review #ad

Hi Ho Silver, Away!

I don't know about you but I hear someone say that and instantly I picture the Lone Ranger from my childhood on top of his loyal white horse rearing up to the sky.  Many a nights, I would dream of the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

When I heard that Disney was remaking my childhood memories, I was kind of nervous that they would ruin it!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Delivery Man! A Man Finds Out He's Dad To 142! #Ad #DeliveryManFilm #Movie #Trailer

Imagine you hit your Mid-Life crisis running.  No wife or children to speak of, wondering when your life will begin.

In your younger years, you  donated sperm to earn money in harder times.  Do you ever wonder what happened to those sperm?  Well one man just found out!

In the film, Vince Vaughn plays an affable underachiever looking for his purpose in life, when he finds out he’s fathered 533 children through anonymous donations to a fertility clinic 20 years ago. Now he must decide whether or not to come forward when 142 of them want to meet their biological father!

Monday, July 1, 2013

How Do You Cool Off During This Heat? #GIVEAWAY @Yogurtland #FlavorsWithCharacter#Ad

This week has been a SCORCHER! How does your family cool off? Beach? Pool? Lemonade? 

My family loves a cool treat.  While ice cream is an old favorite, we are trying to lead healthier lifestyles.  The nice cool solution we have found is Frozen Yogurt!