Monday, September 30, 2013

A New Circus Visits the Queen Mary: Dark Harbor! | @TheQueenMary @QMDarkHarbor


The Queen Mary’s Annual Dark Harbor Introduces 
The New Ringmaster’s Circus Freak Show 
New Spirits, Mazes, Freaks and Frights 
Inspired by the Real-Life Hauntings on the Queen Mary 

The air is starting to cool(at least for a couple days) and the leaves are turning... well as much as they do in California. But the kids are back in school and everywhere I go, I am starting to see Halloween and even Christmas(bite my tongue!) decorations!

The Pumpkin Train is Here! Orange Empire Railway Museum | @OrangeEmpireRailway #PERRIS



Do your children love all things trains?  Have you taken them on the Pumpkin Train?

The Pumpkin Train is an experience that your children will love and cherish!  The train brings you to the pumpkin patch where you can pick out and decorate your own pumpkin!  

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Free LEGOLAND Tickets! Calling All Vampires! | @LEGOLAND_CA #WorldRecord



VAMPIRES wanted!  

FREE LEGOLAND Tickets!

WHY:  LEGOLAND California Resort is inviting children and their families to break a World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as vampires! 

Children's Story-time at the Fullerton Arboretum | @fullarboretum #Gardening





CHILDREN'S STORYTIME!

This fall the Fullerton Arboretum launches a BRAND NEW children's story time series, for ages 4 to 7, which will be held in our fabulous Children's Garden! These story time programs will occur several Saturdays a month. During each program, we will read a story (sometimes two!) relating to the topic of the day. We will also do activities that match the topic, like games, crafts and projects. And of course, we will explore the children's garden and other neat parts of the the Fullerton Arboretum and learn about plants, animals and nature! Check out the topics and dates of the fall series of children's story time programs below and sign up today!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Interact Now w/ The Little Mermaid Second Screen Live! | @DisneyPictures @DisneyApp #LittleMermaid


Second Screen Live is the new interactive way to watch your favorite movies in a new way!  Second Screen Live is not for everyone.  In fact if you are not familiar with the movie, I would recommend waiting until the movie comes out to DVD.   I got the chance to watch it in the theaters last week and here are my thoughts.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Disney Junior Live on Stage: Pirates and Princess Photo Review | @DisneyLive #DisneyLive


  

This last weekend my family was invited to see the new Disney Live Tour: Pirates and Princess!  As I have a pirate and princess at home, we were very excited!  

In our household, we have Sophia the First and Jake and the Neverland Pirate episodes memorized!  My kids love to play dress-up and pirates and princesses happen to be their favorites.  When I surprised them with taking them to the Long Beach Terrace Theatre, they couldn't stop grinning and playing the parts.


Friday, September 20, 2013

Modern Family: 4th Season #Giveaway! @FoxHomeEnt @FHEInsiders #ModernFamily

The Modern Family is the #1 rated show on TV!  

The Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy series keep coming!  This is the 4th season about to be released to DVD/Blu-Ray on Septemeber 24!

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries DVD @FoxHomeEnt #Giveaway



Strawberry Shortcake and her friends are at it again!

Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries
Get ready for mischief, mystery and marvelous good times in Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Bitty Mysteries.  You’ll follow the clues to fun and adventure as Strawberry and her pals learn to face their fears, become real-life heroines and find some missing VIP’s (Very Important Pets)!  It’s glimmery girl power to the rescue in these stories of friendship!      

Fall Scents at Bath and Body Works! #Event @LuvBBW



On September 21, select Bath & Body Works stores will be transformed into festive county fairs, complete with Blue Ribbon interactive experiences.

Join Bath & Body Works for the Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Review—an activity where you’re the judge. Simply smell the range of NEW BBW Pumpkin candles and select your favorite. You can even take your top picks home! Next, visit the White Barn Home Fragrance area for the World’s Best Candle Challenge—take a trivia quiz to learn about all the ways Bath & Body Works’ superior candles enhance the home.

Those who make a home fragrance purchase will receive a FREE exclusive four-ounce preview edition of the Harvest Gathering Candle, complete with cello wrapping and tied with baker’s twine – the perfect housewarming gift for anyone this fall.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Are Your Kids Surfing Safely Online? #GrowingUpOnline #Giveaway #LoraxDVD


As my children enter school, they use computers more and more. It worries me that there are dangers in using the internet. I am not talking about catching a virus but the new growing problems of cyber-bullying and engaging in conversations with inappropriate people and content.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Croods: Behind the Scenes Tour of @DreamWorksAnimation #TheCroodsDVD #GIVEAWAY

Photo Courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
I think everyone at some point believes they could be a movie star, right? I have lived in California all my life and have lost track of how many times people have asked me if I see movie stars! 

Well, yes, I have seen movie stars in my life but it isn't like they live next door. A couple weeks ago, I got the opportunity to visit DreamWorks Animation Studio to check out the release for The Croods DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD through Fox Home Entertainment. I got the chance to go behind the scenes and see how some of the magic was created.

Mac Tonight Gala! Help Sick Kids! @LARMH #Non-Profit



MAC TONIGHT GALA

WHAT: The Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House® (LARMH) invites SoCal’s charitable to step out in support of children and families for the 22nd annual Mac Tonight Gala. The formal event benefits the LARMH, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC), and will raise money and awareness for its programs and services. LARMH provides a “home-away-from-home” for families with critical ill children. The gala hosted at the renowned Beverly Wilshire Hotel will include a dinner, cocktail reception, live and silent auction, dancing and live entertainment.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Knotts Camp Spooky: Halloween Fun For Little Ones! @Knotts #CampSpooky





Do your children love dressing up but are still afraid of things that go bump after dark? Here is a safe and fun alternative to Halloween fun without the fright!

Mimi's Cafe: A Return to French Roots @Mimis_Cafe #ad


Did you know that Mimi's Café has French origins?


  "Stationed there during the final days of World War II, young Arthur J. was taken by the friendly neighborhood bistros and warm, inviting cafés. Arthur J. loved the simple yet charming meals. He savored the aroma of freshly baked breads, café au lait and the company of good friends raising toasts all around. Equally captivating was a mademoiselle he met by chance, who went by the name of Mimi. Arthur J. Simms never forgot his days in France. In 1978, he opened the first Mimi's Café® – a neighborhood bistro inspired by his memories of Mimi and passion for good food, wine and camaraderie that he remembered so fondly".

29th Annual CA Coastal Cleanup Day! Will You Help? #Cleanup


The 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day
Presented by the California Coastal Commission
Saturday, September 21st, 2013 from 9 a.m. to Noon
What:        The 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Tens of thousands of Californians will gather along the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways of the state to clear away the debris that has accumulated over the past year.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Ronald McDonald House Motorcycle/Auto Show @RMHCSC #LongBeach


 


INAUGURAL CAR & MOTORCYCLE SHOW GETS HUNDREDS OF AUTO LOVERS REVVED TO SUPPORT FAMILIES WITH CRITICALLY ILL CHILDREN

WHAT: Southland auto lovers are gearing up for the Inaugural Car & Motorcycle Show benefitting the Long Beach Ronald McDonald House, a program of Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC). The show will feature a 300-plus automobile exhibition including rods, customs, muscle, choppers, classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, specialty vehicles and European exotics. The event will raise funds for, and awareness of, the programs and services offered to families with critically ill children. Fans that attend will enjoy delicious food, music and an auction with items valued at over $1,000 each, plus photo opportunities with Ronald McDonald himself.
                     

French Bistro, Can You Bring Kids? @DominiquesKtchn #FrenchFood #RedondoBch


I have mentioned before that I don't want to give up the things I enjoyed before I had children. Well today I decided that I would bring my 4 year old and 6 year old to a classy delicious French Bistro. You may have read my review in April about Dominique's Kitchen. From the moment I walked into this cozy restaurant, I knew I had found a favorite SoCal spot!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Baby Magellanic Penguins Now on Exhibit! @AquariumPacific #LongBeach

Photo Credit By: Hugh Ryono
FIRST PENGUIN CHICKS WADDLED ON EXHIBIT INTO

THE JUNE KEYES PENGUIN HABITAT ON TUESDAY, SEPT. 10

WHAT: Two Magellanic Penguin chicks made their way into the world, hatching at the Aquarium of the Pacific in late June to first-time parents Roxy and Floyd. Aquarium biologists led the penguin chicks as they waddled past the media before the birds entered the exhibit on September 10, 2013. The female is named Heidi, and the public will have the chance to name the male during an auction at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s tenth annual
Sea Fare fundraiser on Saturday, October 19, 2013, which benefits the Aquarium’s education, conservation, and animal care programs.

2nd Annual Whiting Ranch Poker Ride! @OCParks #MountainBiking #FoothillRanch



OC Parks Presents 2nd Annual Whiting Ranch poker ride 
Winning hands receive prizes in this unique mountain bike experience October 12
(Foothill Ranch, Calif.) – OC Parks, in partnership with Oakley, is pleased to present the second annual Whiting Ranch Poker Ride, a special mountain bike event through Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park on Saturday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Cool Off at Seabridge Park, Our Favorite Toddler Beach in HB



This end of the summer heat wave have driven us to the beaches. With young children, we don't always want to go to waves when the surf is up, so what other options do we have?

There are beaches that parents of young children turn towards for easy access, shade and little to no waves. One of our favorites is Sea Bridge Park in Huntington Beach. 

My children have worked on their swimming, surfing, kayaking, and crab hunting skills here. Another great thing about it is that there is a full park with grass, swings, playground, showers and bathrooms all in one.

 

This beach/park is shaded by multiple trees and is surrounded by wealthy neighborhoods. I will say that since this beach is in the harbor, the sand and water are not recycled as much as a beach on the ocean. The water however is warmer and very calm and shallow for little ones to build confidence in the water. There is no food nearby but often there is a cotton candy vendor that has reasonably priced sweets. 

I recommend bringing a picnic lunch or a BBQ to enjoy a family day. There is a smallish sandy beach that depending on the tide can be as wide as 50 feet or 100ft. This beach is tucked into the wealthy community of Huntington Beach and not too many people are familiar with it.

DISCLAIMER:  This is not a sponsored post.  This post is for informational purposes only.  All ideas and thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Do You Have a Green Thumb? Take Farm Classes! @OCFair #CentennialFarms



Do you have a green thumb?  Do you like working with animals?

OC Fair & Event Center’s Centennial Farm Offers Urban Chickens Class Plus Other Free Gardening Classes

Costa Mesa, Calif. (September 3, 2013) – The OC Fair & Event Center’s Centennial Farm has added more free gardening classes for local green thumbs 16 and older. The monthly Saturday classes will guide attendees through essential tips and techniques for growing the best and most bountiful gardens and other agriculture-related topics. Local gardening and horticultural professionals and experienced enthusiasts will lead each class covering planting and caring for fruit trees, lawn care, miniature gardens, native plants, growing vegetables and more.

Monday, September 9, 2013

The Reptile Zoo: Snakes, Lizards, and Bugs, Oh My! @ReptileZooFV #PrehistoricPets

 

Do you have children that love bugs, reptiles and amphibians? Dinosaurs?

If it moves, my children love it! A couple of years ago, my nephew had his birthday at new party location called The Reptile Zoo. I was ill that day and was unable to experience the party myself. 

Now that my children are a little older, they are understanding that our modern day reptiles are the descendants of my son's favorite dinosaurs.  Their love of them just got bigger!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Have a Spooktacular Time at Irvine Park Railroad! #IrvineParkRR #Orange


  
 Irvine Park Railroad’s 8th Annual Pumpkin Patch (2013)

Irvine Park Railroad’s 8th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 21st through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California.

The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner's Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill Locomotive Loop. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Heritage Hill Historical Park: Fall Activities @OCParks



Haunts, Harvests and PioneerS at HEritage Hill historical Park
(Lake Forest, Calif.)This fall OC Parks and Heritage Hill Historical Park are pleased to present a full calendar of events to get your family into the autumn spirit.
Friday, October 18 welcomes the 6th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill. Be the first to dare tour the haunted schoolhouse. Are you brave enough to experience “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and the all new “La Carnivora” scream zones? Will you be able to enter “The Joker’s Side show?”  Don’t worry there will also be a DJ, dancing and a special movie screening of the Universal classic horror film “Dracula” starring the legendary Bela Lugosi. Celebrate the legacy of Bela Lugosi with Bela Lugosi Jr. who will be at the event signing autographs and answering questions.

Red Noses? Runny/Stuffy Nose? Try Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist! @FHEInsiders #BoogieWipes #EPIC



I don't know about you, but the changing of the seasons means that in our house that means runny noses and colds!  

My kids noses get raw and you can't get them to touch their nose with a tissue!  

I feel so sorry for them and for years I had hoped that there was an alternative to their owies. I had tried a couple of products that promised they would be ouch free but none worked.


I got a sample of a new product called Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist that has saline in it to make it safe and gentle. I was skeptical but since my daughters nose was already dry from the heat wave and allergies, I thought I would let her test it out and see what she thought.

I was surprised! Where I had to fight her to wipe her nose, she was doing it willingly and asking for more! 

I may have a problem with her wanting to use them ALL the time! We haven't tried the Boogie Mist yet but I have high hopes that if one works well, so will the other. I can't wait to give them relief when they have a hard time sleeping because they are too plugged up.

As a fun bonus, on each package there are coupons for $3 off the new DVD/Blue Ray, Epic! My kids love that movie!

Additionally, you can enter for a chance to win a trip to Blue Sky Studios- the studios that brought us Ice Age, Rio, Robots, and Horton Hears a Who! The prize package includes travel for a family of four to New York, a 2 night stay in a four star hotel, a behind the scenes tour of Blue Skies Studios, and an EPIC- themed drawing workshop complete with a signed piece of artwork to take home.

If you want to enter the contest to win, there is no purchase necessary. Enter on the Boogie Wipes Website.

About Little Busy Bodies:

The first ever saline nose wipe, Boogie Wipes, was invented by two moms to help their own children.
It was founded in May 2007 and sales reached $1 million in the company's first year of business and by tripled that.
Boogie Wipes are sold in 50,000 stores including Target, Walmart, Walgreens and Toys R Us.

About EPIC

From the creators of Ice Age comes the funniest, most exhilarating animated adventures! Transported to a magical world, a teenager (Amanda Seyfried) is recruited by a nature spirit, Queen Tara (Beyoncé Knowles), to help the "Leafmen" save their existence- and - ours from evil warriors. THe whole family will love this fast-paced thrill ride, with its astounding animation and all star voice cast that includes Colin Farrell, Oscar Winner Christoph Waltz, and Steven Tyler!
 DISCLAIMER:  This is not a sponsored post.  I received Boogie Wipes and Boogie Mist to test and review.  All thoughts are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission. No Purchas is necessary to win.  Purchasing does not improve chances of winning. Submit entries on the Boogie Wipes website.  The EPIC Trip to Blue Sky Studios Sweepstakes is open to legal US and DC residents only, 18 years and older. The sweepstakes is void outside the United States, in Puerto Rico, and wherever else prohibited by law.  Entries must be submitted by October 31, 2013.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Legend of Smurfy Hollow: #Review @SonyPictures #SmurfyHollow #Giveaway



This week my family received a copy of The Smurfs: Legend of Smurfy Hollow.  As a child of the 70's and 80's, I was excited! The Smurfs were my favorite cartoon growing up!

I love all things Halloween and I was curious about this new twist on Legend of Sleepy Hollow. My children don't really like scary stories yet so I was a little worried how they would handle it. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Phoenix Club Oktoberfest- Longest Running in SoCal #GIVEAWAY @PhoenixClubCA #PartyLikeAGerman

 


You don't have to be German to appreciate Oktoberfest but you might not have as much fun if you aren't!   Every October I look for the local Oktoberfest festivals to enjoy a great German beer. 


You might not associate families with beer but the Phoenix Club Oktoberfest incorporates family fun with adult food and refreshments.  My children are big fans of the Bratwurst and pretzels. 


Monday, September 2, 2013

Discovering Maui, Underwater w/ Pride of Maui. @Prideof Maui #Hawaii #Snorkeling

 


Maui is an Island of wonder and beauty, there is no doubt. The green lush scenery takes your breath away. You have seen the wondrous land view but have you checked out the Island below the ocean?