Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our Day Out With Thomas! Orange Empire Railway Museum | @OrangeEmpireRail #PERRIS


If you have a little boy in the house, there is a good chance that you know who Thomas the Train is!  There is something about little boys and trains!  


The Orange Empire Railway Museum understands and encourages this love to turn into a lifetime of locamotive love.   Once a year, the Orange Empire Railway Museum invites Thomas the Train to visit for a couple weekends to put wonder and amazement into our children's hearts.  Children have seen characters at the local theme parks that they see on tv but really, beside the T.V. and their train tables at home, there is something missing when it comes to Thomas.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Family Love is the Strongest Bond in FROZEN! A Review! | @DisneyAnimation #FROZEN


The holidays are perfect for spending time with your family.  We all know that.  We all have different traditions that we uphold year after year whether it is hiding a certain elf around the house for the children to find and keep in line, lighting Menorahs, finding the perfect Christmas tree and more!

One of our favorite things to do while the kids are out of school is check out the latest family movies.  This year, we have SO many to choose from!  Last week we got a sneak peak at one of our new favorite Disney movies, FROZEN.  WOW!  We LOVED it!  

The Cast of FROZEN Were SO Nice! | @Children'sPlace @Disney #Frozen


Last week, I attended an awesome event where I and all that visited  The Children's Place at 3rd and Fairfax!  In preparation of Disney's new movie Frozen arriving in theaters on Thanksgiving, some of the voice cast arrived for autographs!

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Christmas Train is Coming! Order NOW, Online Only! | @IrvineParkRR #GIVEAWAY

Photo Credit: Irvine Park Railroad

It is that time of the year again.  Christmas is just around the corner and our favorite train is visiting the North Pole!  

Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating 18 years of Christmas Train events.  Enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus, decorate cookies, visit Santa's Village and of course ride the Christmas Train to Santa where you can share your Christmas wishlist with the man himself!  Take pictures or have the helpful park staff take that special Christmas card picture you have been wanting.

Clean George: Heal Faster Naturally This Flu Season! A Review | @CleanGeorge #Review


Every year it seems like our colds and flu's get worse and worse.  As a mom, it kills me to see my little ones sick!  Even worse is when I am sick trying to take care of sick children.

I am always open for trying different products, preferably natural to make us more comfortable so we can get better faster.  I love being asked to try products so I can help other parents find what works instead of guessing... apparently we all lost our parenting manual that came with our children.  :-)

This week I was given two products by Clean George.  I must say, this came JUST in time!  My house has been filled with sickies!  We have run the gambit with the flu.  PLEASE get flu shots!  It is nasty!  Of course a week after having the flu, my son and I get a cold... sigh!

It is hard to get good sleep when you are coughing badly and when your child is coughing hard, it is even worse.  Mommy ears hear everything.  I tried one of the products on his chest called Stuffed Up.  The unique characteristic about this product is its form.  It comes in a stick so no more getting it all over your hands!

We rubbed it on our chests and back and after a bit, our coughs lessened.  The coughs were still there but it seemed like our chests weren't as tight.

I also received a product called Chill Out.  Chill Out is another stick formed natural medicine that helps in more than one way.  It gives cheeks a glow, helps with dry cracked skin, prevent fly-away hairs, eases sunburns and is used as a lip balm.

I tried it on my elbows and lips.  The lavender oil in it makes for an interesting taste that takes a bit to get used to.  I think it worked better on my elbows.  I have not tried it for the other uses but will try them as time goes on.

I enjoyed using the products and while the taste of the lavender lingers, it did help with my dry lips.  The Stuffed Up balm didn't cure our coughs but did seem to ease up the tightness and relaxed us so we could get more rest.

I am not sure about all the uses that they say that they help but I would say for the uses I tried, I had good results.

There are several different products by Clean George: Skin, Stuffed Up, Chill Out, and Boo Boos and Bites.



You can find Clean George products at your local Whole Food Stores from $7.99- $10.00.

DISCLAIMER:  I received samples of Chill Out and Stuffed Up for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any pictures without permission.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Win Mother's Therapy Organics, the Safe Germ Killers | @MothersTherapy #GIVEAWAY


As the mom of two school aged children, I am constantly worried about my children getting sick.  There are germs everywhere and it is hard to combat them all.  


Now that winter is closing in on us, I noticed that the dry cool air is wreaking havoc on our skin.  I don't know about you but all of the hand sanitizer we use in our house just dries our hands out.  Isn't there an alternative to keeping clean and moisturized?  Don't we have enough to worry about? 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Crawdads! Fishing Fun For Kids! | #Crayfish #SANPEDRO


Last weekend, my husband and I found ourselves with nothing to do (shocker, yes I know!)  and were brainstorming.  What did we like to do when we were kids that we hadn't yet exposed our kids to...?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Burn Calories and Have Fun at Irvine Regional Park! | @OCParks #Hike #Ride #Bike


           

Burn Off Those Holiday Calories at Irvine Regional Park!
November 29, 2013

We always over eat when it comes to the holidays. Irvine Regional Park would like to invite you to a day of calorie burning whether you are riding your bike, horse-back riding or biking!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Cute Styles for Your Daughter's Hair! | @CozyCutsForKids #Hair



As a mom of a little girl, I am always looking for cute ideas for my daughters hair.  I was approached to share a couple cute ideas.  It is always difficult to find a way to make our children look more adorable than they already are but these definitely fit the bill!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Meet the Voices of FROZEN at The Children's Place! | @ChildrensPlace #FROZEN


Are you as excited about the new DISNEY movie, FROZEN coming out on Thanksgiving Day? 

There is an exciting way of having fun meeting some of the voices of the movie THIS Saturday!

Wizard of Oz is Landing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts! | @SegerstromArts #CostaMesa



DOROTHY IS LANDING IN ORANGE COUNTY!

The Wizard of Oz is coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa!
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa has announced that the first North
American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play February 11 – 23 in
Segerstrom Hall!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New Archery Range at Mile Square Park! | #FOUNTAINVALLEY #Archery


MILE SQUARE REGIONAL PARK 
Newly Designed Archery Range Opening November 23

The OC Parks is pleased to invite the public to the grand reopening event for the redesigned archery range at Mile Square Regional Park on Saturday, November 23. The event will welcome local archers and public speakers for a special presentation.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

OC Parks November Events | @OCParks #COSTAMESA


The OC Fair & Event Center is home to a variety of events throughout the year. Here is the current November 2013 events calendar:

November 2013 at the OC Fair & Event Center

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Have a TURBO Party! Cards/Games/Activities | @FHEInsiders #TurboFastFun #Giveaway

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With TURBO being released this week by DreamWorks Animation, children everywhere are asking for TURBO themed birthday parties.  As parents, we are always looking for different ways to spend less on memorable parties for our children.

I have something that might help you with those parties!  I have printables that make a great head start from start to finish for a TURBO themed party.   Click on the links and print out as many copies as you like.
  
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Use these fun and educational Turbo Alphabet cards to help your little ones learn!

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Dot to Dots and Mazes are favorite restaurant and quiet-time activities in our house.

  
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I hope you enjoy these free printables from DreamWorks Animation.  Don't forget to pick up your own copy of TURBO out now on Blu-Ray/DVD.  

WIN YOUR OWN COPY OF TURBO WITH MY GIVEAWAY BELOW.


DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of Turbo for my family for the purpose of this post.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Turbo is Racing to Blu-Ray/DVD | @FHEInsiders #TurboFastFun #Giveaway


Perfect Gift for the Holidays, the Comedy-Adventure Arrives on Blu-ray Deluxe Edition and DVD November 12 with Turbo Pullback Toy Racer

Laugh it up with the visually stunning, heartfelt comedy-adventure for fans of all ages this holiday season! 

Time to Get Merry at Knotts Merry Farm! | @Knotts #MerryFarm


The holidays are quickly approaching whether we want them to or not.  

My family looks forward to the holidays because we get to spend more time together.  It is hard with both of my children in school to spend the same quality fun time together that we have always enjoyed in the past.  My babies are growing up and I fear soon they will grow apart from our close knit family.

We love attending the local holiday events and one of our favorites is Knotts Merry Farm. 

Knotts Berry Farm is one of our most favorite theme parks and every season we enjoy the magical transformation that takes place.  I shared with you our not so spooky time with Camp Spooky and our frightful night of terror at Knotts Scary Farm.  I would love to introduce to you the fun new activities of Knotts Merry Farm.

HOLIDAY SHOWS/ACTIVITIES
  • It's Christmas Snoopy, the new holiday show in the Charles M. Schultz Theatre
  • Santa's Christmas Cabin
    • Photos with Santa
    • Wine and Beer tasting
    • Santa's Sundae Bar
  • Snoopy's Tree Lighting in Calico's Square
  • Christmas Aboard Engine 41- Calico's Steam Train
  • Winter Wonderland at Camp Snoopy Theatre
  • Calico Saloon Christmas Show
  • A Christmas Carol or The Gift of the Magi in the Bird Cage Theatre
  • Calico Carolers through out Ghost Town
  • The Ghost Town Miners at the Spurs Stage
  • Snoopy's Magical Nights of Lights at Camp Snoopy
  • Christmas Crafts Fair in Ghost Town

SEASON PASSES
Now is the perfect time to get a 2014 season pass to enjoy all of 2014 but you get to choose a day in 2013 to enjoy all of the Winter activities too!  Their pass is only $78 and you can use a 6 month payment plan of only $13! There are no black out dates.  That is what I call a win-win situation!

The season passes are good for all of the fun seasonal event except Knotts Scary Farm but you do get discounted tickets for it as a season pass holder.  Enjoy other discounts on food through out the park and early ride time on select rides during the summer season! 

To find out more about Knotts Berry Farm, please check out their website www.knotts.com

Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Boulevard
Buena Park, CA
(714) 220-5200
www.knotts.com

DISCLAIMER: We were invited to a media family preview day by GigaSavvy and will share our finds with our readers. All opinions are our own. Do not use any pictures without permission.

Friday, November 8, 2013

SpongeBob SquarePants Day @AquariumPacific November 17th! | #LongBeach

© 2013 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. SpongeBob SquarePants created by Stephen Hillenburg

 SPONGEBOB APPRECIATION DAY! 
NOVEMBER 17TH AT AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC

Who has children and not heard that catchy theme song of SpongeBob SquarePants?  My children love the show and even wanted to join their best friend in dressing up as Sponge Bob for Halloween!  They opted for a red ninja and a princess in the end but it was a close call!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a special day dedicated to our favorite sponge!

The Aquarium of the Pacific will present a special day and evening dedicated to everyone’s favorite porous friend, SpongeBob SquarePants, and his Bikini Bottom friends from the Nickelodeon hit animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. Activities will include costumed character appearances, free showings of the new 4D film, SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue!, and an opportunity to meet the real-life sea creatures in the Aquarium’s exhibits.

Photo Ops with their favorite characters:
From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., SpongeBob and his starfish friend, Patrick, will make special appearances for meet-and-greet and photo opportunities. There will also be showings of favorite SpongeBob SquarePants episodes from the Nickelodeon animated series.

SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue:
Starting at 9:30a.m., there will be hourly showings on the half hour of the brand-new 4D experience SpongeBob SquarePants 4D: The Great Jelly Rescue! Guests will join SpongeBob, Patrick, and Sandy on a wild 4D adventure to rescue the jellyfish of Jellyfish Fields from Plankton’s evil clutches. With stunning 3-D graphics and a dramatic assortment of scents and sounds, viewers will surf through the electrifying swarm of jellies, get dragged into the bowels of the Flying Dutchman’s ghost ship, and even feel the rumble of a cannon. The theatre experience is a partnership between Nickelodeon, SimEx-Iwerks Entertainment, and Super 78 Studios.

Aquarium members:
Additional themed activities will continue exclusively for Members, including music, special giveaways, and more from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

About SpongeBob SquarePants:
The series has been the most-watched animated program with kids 2-11 for more than 12 consecutive years, and over the past several years, it has averaged more than 100,000,000 total viewers every quarter across all Nickelodeon networks.  As the most widely distributed property in Viacom history, SpongeBob SquarePants is seen in over 170 countries and translated in more than 35 languages. The character-driven cartoon chronicles the nautical and sometimes nonsensical adventures of SpongeBob, an incurably optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends.

About The Aquarium of the Pacific: 
A nonprofit educational institution with a mission to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.

The Aquarium is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. All SpongeBob Appreciation Day activities are included with general Aquarium admission and are free to members. For more information, visit aquariumofpacific.org or call 562-590-3100.

SimEx-Iwerks is the leading innovator of immersive 3-D and 4-D attractions and the exclusive distributor of the industry’s best-selling film titles. The company supports over 150 family friendly attractions in more than 30 countries. Its attractions entertain and educate over 50 million people every year— bringing a whole new dimension to the guest experience.  SimEx-Iwerks produced Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure in 2010 with Nickelodeon and Super 78.

Nickelodeon, now in its 34th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 18 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

© 2013 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Nickelodeon, SpongeBob SquarePants and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. SpongeBob SquarePants created by Stephen Hillenburg.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Rock Out with Disney On Ice: Rockin' Ever After! | @DisneyOnIce


DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS ROCKIN’ EVER AFTER
 DECEMBER 11, 2013 – JANUARY 5, 2014

Don't miss out on Disney On Ice's newest show, Rockin' Ever After!  With new characters such as Merida from Disney-Pixar's BRAVE, you can't go wrong!


Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After, an all-new live production coming to the Southland! A cast of world-class skaters brings your favorite moments from Disney•Pixar’s BRAVE, Tangled, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast to life in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom.

What to expect in the show:

  • Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from Brave, competes to win Merida's heart! 
  • Experience a show-stopping performance as Sebastian breaks out of his shell for one night only to make waves with Ariel. 
  • A chorus of harmless hooligans from Tangled unleashes musical mayhem when they get a visit from the sassy and spirited Rapunzel and her charming ally Flynn.
  • Get your feet moving as the Beast and his castle’s enchanted entourage take center stage in a spectacular show for Belle.

 It will be a rockin’ remix of royalty when Disney On Ice brings this superstar line-up to Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and Long Beach!

L O S A N G E L E S

WHEN:

  • Wednesday, December 11 – Sunday, December 15
  • Wednesday, December 11 – 7:30PM
  • Thursday, December 12 – 7:30PM
  • Friday, December 13 – 11:30AM & 7:30PM
  • Saturday, December 14 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, December 15 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM


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

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)* Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, 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.


A N A H E I M

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, December 17 – Sunday, December 22
  • Tuesday, December 17 – 7:30PM
  • Wednesday, December 18 – 7:30PM
  • Thursday, December 19 – 10:30AM & 7:30PM
  • Friday, December 20 – 1:30PM & 7:30PM
  • Saturday, December 21 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, December 22 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM


ANAHEIM

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

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22–$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com or HondaCenter.com, 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.

O N T A R I O

WHEN: 

  • Wednesday, December 25 – Sunday, December 29
  • Wednesday, December 25 – 6:00PM
  • Thursday, December 26 – 7:00PM
  • Friday, December 27 – 12:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Saturday, December 28 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, December 29 – 1:00PM & 5:00PM


WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*

Tickets available for purchase online at AXS.com, 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.

L O N G B E A C H

WHEN:

  • Wednesday, January 1 – Sunday, January 5
  • Wednesday, January 1 – 6:00PM
  • Thursday, January 2 – 7:30PM
  • Friday, January 3 – 11:30am & 7:30PM
  • Saturday, January 4 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM
  • Sunday, January 5 – 11:00AM, 3:00PM & 7:00PM


WHERE: Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802-4825

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22-$30; $50-$55 (VIP) and $75-$80 (Front Row)*
Opening Night tickets are only $15 each for select seating (not valid for VIP or premium seating)*

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com 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.

To discover more about Disney On Ice, go to www.DisneyOnIce.com, or visit us on Facebook and YouTube.


About Feld Entertainment:
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 70 countries on six continents and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Feld Motor Sports, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!.


DISCLAIMER: I received tickets for my family to enjoy Disney On Ice. All thoughts and ideas are my own. All pictures are used with permission of Feld Entertainment and Disney On Ice. Do not use any pictures without permission.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Get "CHILLed" at the Queen Mary! | @TheQueenMary #GIVEAWAY


CHILL Is Coming Back to the Queen Mary! 
November 22, 2013

You may have remembered my post from CHILL at the Queen Mary last November! What an experience! I can't wait to check out the new additions to one of our new favorite traditions.

CHILL is an experience like no other. Two million pounds of ice are used to create the most amazing hand carved sculptures! In order to keep these creations perfect without melting, the temperature in the dome is kept at a chilly 9 degrees! Yes, that is not a typo, 9 degrees!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Nightmare Before Christmas: Second Screen Live! | #SecondScreenLive @DisneyAnimation


A few weeks ago, I had the chance to see Nightmare before Christmas, in Second Screen Live!

Second Screen Live is the fun new way of watching old classics.  Interactive from start to finish, we got to enjoy my favorite movie, in a new way.  As Jack and Sally discover a life beyond their own death, they share their spooky world with the audience by asking trivia questions, play games, and compete against others.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Eek at the Greek! What a Fun Halloween Event! | @GreekTheatreLA #EekGreek

 
Photo by Carolina Gonzales

The 2013 Halloween Week festivities started off this Sunday with Eek at the Greek!!!

This wonderful event presented by Mercedes-Benz Dealers of Southern California, was one where little ones and adults got to enjoy a variety of spooky, eeky and fun activities.  We were invited to be apart of the VIP Lounge and get a up close and personal look at Eek at the Greek.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Win a Season Pass to Mountain High! ($349 Value) | @MtHigh #GIVEAWAY



Winter is almost upon us and everyone is anticipating the first significant snow fall in our mountains!  Our family can't wait to get up to the snow because this is the year both of my children are old enough to take snow-boarding lessons!