Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Win Home Alone: Holiday Heist on DVD! | @FHEInsiders #Giveaway


Halloween is almost here and I am going to tell you the bad news... Christmas is less than 2 months away!  YIKES!  

To ease into the holiday season... let me help you get a head start on stocking stuffers.  I thought the Home Alone movies were so much fun as a youngster, I mean really, who wouldn't love playing pranks on the bad guys?

Have a Smurfy Halloween! Our Smurftastic Party at @SonyAnimation Studios | #SmurfyHollow


Last week, Sony Home Entertainment and Sony Studios invited my family to enjoy an afternoon at Sony Animation Studio's to celebrate SMURFS: Legend of Sleepy Hollow coming out onto DVD and digital.

We were treated to a Smurf-tastic time coloring crafts, eating doughnuts, decorating pumpkins, taking pictures with our favorite blue people, and of course, watching the movie.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Who Will You Be For Halloween? Goodwill Halloween! | @OCGoodwill #BuildaScare


Do you have a costume in mind but don't have the money to buy a fancy pre-made costume?

What about those unique one-of-a-kind costumes that you create in your head but need to make it from scratch?  I have the solution for you.  You can make a costume CHEAP and make it YOU.  

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Win WB Spook-Tacular Family DVD's! | #WBhalloween @WBHomeEnt #Giveaway


We are always looking for new fun Halloween traditions whether it is a craft, movie, event or now apps for the phones and tablets. Warner Brothers approached me to share a little bit of all of that!

Thomas the Train is Coming! Who Wants a Ride? | @OrangEmpireRail #GIVEAWAY


Do you have a train lover in your family?  Is Thomas the Train Engine all they talk about?  

As a mom of a boy, I know that trains are ingrained into their DNA.  This is the perfect event to bring your little engineer to!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Children's Celebration: Halloween Fun at Del Amo Mall | @DelAmoFashion #Kidgits #Torrance


Are you looking for a fun Halloween event for your children this weekend?  Enjoy costumes, candy at the fun Del Amo Fashion Center Children's Celebration!

Strictly Sail Was Fun! | #SSLB #LONG BEACH #Review


Strictly Sail was a new event for me.  I had never been to it but really looked forward to learning more about what fun water activities we were missing out on!

If you were in the market for purchasing a sail boat, there were amazing sailboats that you could live on full time comfortably!  If you already had a boat, there were plenty of accessories and services that you could use to make boating even more enjoyable.

FREE Kids Fishing Derby! Fun, Fish, Lunch and Prizes! | @TVFishing #WhittierNarrows


Have you taken your kids fishing lately? Here is the perfect opportunity to get out into nature and have a great time and make memories!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Spooky Family Fun at the Aquarium of the Pacific! | @AquariumPacific #LONG BEACH





SCARIUM OF THE PACIFIC: SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN FUN

FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

The Aquarium of the Pacific has a fun day planned for you on October 26th and 27th!

Discover creepy creatures and enjoy magic shows, costume contests, and face painting at the Aquarium, where there’s more fun than fright!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Play Outdoors w/ Pumpkins and the OC Coastkeeper! | @OCCoastkeeper #Outdoors


Are you looking for a fun morning of Outdoors and Nature?  

Join Orange County Coastkeeper for their Nature Play Pumpkin Day at the Coastkeeper Garden!

Fun for parents and children alike!


The whole family can enjoy the morning to celebrate the arrival of Fall!  

Friday, October 18, 2013

Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Monsters vs Aliens DVD Giveaway! | @FoxHomeEnt #GIVEAWAY



As the holiday season approaches very quickly, I start looking around for holiday movies for our weekly movie night. My children have seen all the classics and I was looking for something different.

I was approached for a chance to review DreamWorks new fantastic films, Shrek the Musical, Monsters vs Aliens: Cloning Around and Kung Fu Panda: Scorpion Sting.

My children are big fans of the originals and I couldn't wait to show them new twists on some of their favorite movies.


Ripley's Believe it or Not at the Discovery Science Center | @DiscoveryCube #ScienceRipleys



Ripley's Believe it or Not traveling exhibit brings back many memories as a child watching the fascinating oddities of Earth coming to life on my TV.   My children have never had the wonder of seeing the freaky and fascinating world that is not the normal.

Robert Ripley spent his life collecting natural oddities that fascinated him and the world.  Discovery Science Center has taken his life's works and explained the science behind many of the fascinating stories.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Spooky Science at the Discovery Science Center! | @DiscoveryCube #SpookyScience



Halloween is upon us and all of our little ghosts and ghouls are ready to have a good time.  Why not bring them somewhere where they can learn, be entertained and have a great time?

Mixing potions, dressing up, decorating, getting treats and having a little spooky fun is just the thing this science loving family is asking for!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Camp Spooky- Cheerful Not Fearful! | @Knotts #CampSpooky


Most people are familiar with Knotts Scary Farm but there is a lighter side to Halloween time at Knotts, for young families.

Last week, my family was invited to check out all of the family fun activities that Camp Spooky at Knotts Berry Farm.  What is Camp Spooky?  Camp Spooky is the not so scary Halloween event for kids 11 and under.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Haunted Ship! Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is Back! | @QMDarkHarbor #LONGBEACH

Photo Credit by Jennifer Torres

Are you scared?  Are you prepared?  Are you really? The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor is Back!

Queen Mary has a rich history of ghosts and ghouls walking the decks of the retired cruise liner.  As we get closer to All Hallows Eve, the residents of the Queen Mary are seen more and more...

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Who is Your Hero? Share w/ St. Josephs & LA Angels | @Hero_Moments #HaloMoments #Giveaway




Do you know a everyday hero?  One that doesn't think twice about doing something nice for others despite what it might cost to them?  

Angels Baseball is partnering with St. Joseph Health to recognize community heroes and their special moments through out Southern California!

When I was approached to help spread the word about the good of others, I immediately thought of who did I know personally that is my own hero.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

RAVPOWER: Power for the Busy Blogger! | @RAVPower #Review



My life is pretty on the go and very busy.  You know my life as I write it here on my blog.  I am on the go... constantly!  I also have a habit of going off the beaten path where there are no cell towers which means my phone battery dies, fast.  

I have recently purchased the HTC One which has a superior camera built in that allows me to take better shots day or night and instantly share them with my readers.  This is great but unfortunately causes my battery to die quickly.  

Every event or activity I post reviews for on my blog uses up at least one full charge on my phone.  That is Tweeting, Instagram and mostly a lot of pictures.  Throw in my kids playing games on it and listening to music, I regularly have a dead phone.  

What's the solution?  Luckily I was approached by RAVPOWER to t ry and solve my problems of a never ending search for an outlet to charge up.  

What is RAVPOWER?  RAVPOWER is a battery charger that puts out 2 amps of power while charging and has a 5amp input!  It also holds a 14,000 mAh capacity! Yes you read that right! 

I have tried battery chargers in the past but it only held 1500 mAh capacity and would charge 1-2 times on my iPhone.  I have used my new RAVPOWER for my HTC One for about 3 weeks now and I have been able to charge it about 6 times before needing to plug in the unit to the wall.  The wall adapter is NOT included however but the micro-usb adapter is included with the usb end to plug into many outlets.

The unit comes with 2 outlets to charge devices such as phones, cameras, Kindles and Apple products.  

This little adapter has soon become a must have on any blogging event, camping, boating and other outdoor activities.  My husband even took it hunting in the national forest for  a weekend!

SPECIAL FEATURES:
  • Built-in flashlight
  • Blue LED power indicator 
  • It will detect your device when fully charged and automatically shut off to avoid overcharging.
  • It comes in black or white

SPECS:

  • 14000 mAH
  • Weight: 9.98 oz (0.624 lbs)
  • About 500 Recharge Cycles
  • It comes in Matte Black or White.
  • It's also available in 8400 mAH. 

The battery pack retails for $129.99 but it is on sale now for $42.99 on Amazon



DISCLAIMER:  I received a RAVPOWER solely for the purpose of a review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Medieval Times: Blogiversary Giveaway Day 7! | @MedievalTimesCA #Giveaway


It's hard to believe that we have had 6 days of giveaways so far!  This is the last "official" giveaway for my Blogiversary!  That makes me kinda sad! 

However, you know that I LOVE doing giveaways and as you might have guessed.  I already have some ready for maybe as soon as next week! 

I have saved the favorite giveaway that I had for last.  I had so much response for Medieval Times a few months ago, I asked them to do another one. 

Medieval Times are very generous and luckily for us, they said yes!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Whale Watching w/ Harbor Breeze C. Blogiversary Day 6! | @HarborBreezeC #Giveaway



The fluke of a California Gray Whale

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 6:

Our family loves to be outdoors, you might have guessed.  One of our favorite passions this year has been to go whale watching.  We have come across so many different marine mammals, that I thought I would share them again with you.  I also have a giveaway for 1 lucky family to start making memories of their own on the ocean.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Santa Anita Opening Day! My 1st Horse Racing Experience | @SantaAnitaPark @ABRLive #GetintheGame



Last week, I was invited to do something that I had wanted to do for awhile but never had the chance.  Being an avid horsewoman, I have spent most of my life around horses, much to my parents dismay.

I have ridden english, western, barrel racing, 3-day eventing, and much more but one thing that had eluded me was going to the racetrack!  Yes, I know, even non-horse people have been there!   I had not.  Ironically, I have many friends that ride at the track and even rescue and rehabilitate horses that get injured or are too slow and need a new career.  

I arrived at Santa Anita Racetrack, really feeling out of my element.  I know horses but know NOTHING about racing except that the fastest horse wins and that horse is the one you want to bet on.

Sno-Biggie Sno-Balls! Blogiversary: 20 winners! | @Sno_Biggie #Giveaway #LosAlamitios



You might have guessed that I have a HUGE sweet tooth by now.  For my Blogiversary Giveaway day 5, I wanted to showcase a company that I have come to love!  

Sno-Biggie is a newer sweet shop in Los Alamitos next to Ganahl Lumber on Seal Beach Blvd.  Sno- Biggie gives to the chance to visit New Orleans through their Sno-balls!  

Sno-balls are similar to sno-cones but it is a fine shaved ice that is often accompanied by ice-cream and sweetened condensed milk.  You can have a meal in a cup!  I really like the Candy Apple sno-ball.  My children's favorite was the birthday cake sno-ball.  It really does taste like birthday cake!  

Friday, October 4, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Prepare to be Scared! Knotts Scary Farm! 2013 | @Knotts #ScaryFarm



I grew up watching horror films with my father.  It was one of our bonding activities.  I think I was the only 10 year old who's favorite movie was "My Bloody Valentine"!

As I grew older, I continued my love of horror flicks and the cheesier they were, the more I loved them!  Why is it that if they hear a noise upstairs that they ALWAYS had to investigate?  Really? It also never failed that the heroine would fall as she ran away.  Oh well... one more down.

As a teenager, I was introduced to Knotts Scary Farm and found my new passion for being scared!  I loved not knowing who or what was going to jump out at you and what was even more fun was that they brought many of the horror films to life within their mazes and characters!

Elvira was a favorite host on TV in the 80's and of course I liked her for different reasons that my father.  She was entertaining, beautiful and she showed me more horror films than I could count!



When I encountered Knotts Scary Farm, I was in horror heaven!  Okay... maybe I am a little strange and maybe some of my quirks should have stayed in the horror closet but really, I love being scared!

This year I was invited to preview the opening day of Knotts Scary Farm's, No Where to Hide 2013 season!  WOW!  After checking in, we were treated to a parade of hearses that could be described as nothing else but COOL!  I had never seen a "Monster Hearse" before!  The people inside were not much out of the ordinary but you just got an odd feeling about them and I loved it!


After the parade, we were treated to the opening skit in front of the entrance and were serenaded by a DJ from above.

Media was invited to a pre-scare dinner that was nothing less than frighteningly good!  Plenty of food and drink to be had with scary clowns and characters lurking in the corners.  We learned quickly not to leave a seat open next to you!  They were sneaky about scaring you and that was better than a "BOO!"






  

We had met so many interesting people from the blogging and media community!  I was sitting with coupon bloggers from Nevada and San Diego.

It was time for the show!  The first thing you notice when you walk through the gates was the low laying fog that surrounded the "Ghost Town".  There was very little light and every shadow moved.
We can do this! They won't scare me! AAAAHHHH! Even knowing they are there and KNOWING that they are just actors in costumes... I still jumped... Every time!  My husband got a big kick out of this by the way. 

We made our way over to "Elvira's Sinema Seance".  WOW! She looks awesome for a girl in her 60's!   I laughed SO hard at this show as I enjoyed the choreography and dancing but the video clips had us rolling!



Off to find some of the 12 mazes guaranteed to make you jump and scream!  We entered several and were not dissappointed!  Many of the mazes take what scares us the most in the movies and our nightmares and makes them a reality!  Trick Or Treat, Dominion of the Damned and End Games were our favorites.





Everywhere we walked, there were spooks hiding in plain sight!  We would walk behind a seemingly normal looking person and they would slow down and you would see them for what they really were!




We couldn't go to Knotts and not go on rides.  We chose a few of our favorites as the night was coming to a close.  Ghost Rider and Xcelerator were our top choices for roller coasters and as we were waiting for "The Hanging" we hopped onto the Gold Mine Train to see what spooky things we could see.  I think that it was the least spooky out of all the activities that night but we enjoyed it as well. 


"The Hanging" is a MUST SEE!  Every year, the cast of "The Hanging" takes movies and celebrity news and turns them into a hilarious skit that lightens the frightful mood of the night.  I won't tell you the characters of the skit of this year but you won't be disappointed!



It was finally time to head home and we were sad to go.  There was so much to see and we didn't get to all of it.  That just means that I will have to get more tickets and bring friends.




DISCLAIMER:  I received media passes for a special media night to cover this event.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 3: Irvine Park Railroad! Pumpkin Patch | @IrvineParkRR #GIVEAWAY


Irvine Park, you have see my pictures of my family enjoying all the festivities but have you been yourself? It is a wonderful educational park that has so much to offer! It has the OC Zoo, stables, lakes, trails, historical sites, and more!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Blogiversary Giveaway Day 2! Aquarium of the Pacific | @AquariumPacific #Giveaway



Aquarium of the Pacific
Day 2 Blogiversary Giveaway!

One of our favorite places that we visited many times this year was the Aquarium of the Pacific.

For my "Blogiversary" I wanted to return to some of our favorite destinations and introduce a couple of new ones.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Eek at the Greek! A Symphonic Scary Fun @GreekTheatreLA #EekattheGreek #Giveaway



Are you looking for something a little different to do with your family to celebrate Halloween? Something a little more refined?  

The Greek Theater is holding its 3rd annual Eek at the Greek!  Enjoy the Symphony in the Glen for a syphonic extravaganza on Sunday, October 27.