Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Color Fun Fest! Win Tickets to this Color 5K Run | @ColorFunFest #Giveaway #Fitness

While on my quest to look for my next 5K run, I ran into the Color Fun Fest perfect for the whole family!  I would love to give away entries to this fun 5K run to my readers!

You have heard of Color Runs before and this one is a little different as it starts in the afternoon and goes into the night for extra fun!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sustainable Seafood: What is it? Seafood Recipes | #Sustainable #Seafood #Recipes

In the news, I have been hearing a lot about sustainable seafood and wondered, what exactly IS sustainable seafood?  

"Sustainable seafood is seafood that is either caught or farmed in ways that consider the long-term vitality of harvested species and the well-being of the oceans. It was first promoted through the sustainable seafood movement which began in the 1990s. This operation highlights over-fishing and environmentally destructive fishing methods. Through a number of initiatives, the movement has increased awareness and raised concerns over the way our fish are obtained."

So which fish are considered "sustainable"?  I have compiled a list of different fish that I commonly see at the grocery stores and a few recipes that we can try.  We all try to eat healthier and fish are full of vitamins and essential oils to make our bodies optimal. 

Knott's Annual Passes: Year Round Fun! | @Knotts #SoakCityOC

With summer arriving soon, it's time to think about what to do for a vacation. This year, why not do a stay-cation instead? What is a stay-cation? A stay-cation is saving money and staying local.

Imagine not having to pay for traveling to a far away vacation spot, save that money and spend it on local fun and splurge. In the process of saving money, your money stays in the community that keeps Southern California so great!

So you have decided that a stay-cation is sounding good, where to go? I have a great idea that I know will be a big hit with the whole family. Knott's Berry Farm. Huh? You might ask. Yes, our favorite theme park is the perfect stay-cation spot.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Review: Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic | #DisneyOnIce

A few days ago, my family and I enjoyed the 100 Years of Magic, Disney on Ice show at the Long Beach Arena. We are huge fans of all things Disney and the show didn't fail to put smiles on our faces.

Where else can you see many of your favorite Disney characters all in the same place? We have enjoyed Disney On Ice shows in the past and each one is as unique with breath-taking athletes!

My daughter has been ice-skating since she was 2 and when asked if she could skate like they can, answers with a resounding "YES"! LOL Well, at least I can come watch her in the future.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Urban Ocean Festival: Sneak Peak into Sustainable Seafood | @AquariumPacific #UrbanOcean

Last week, I was invited by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach to a special harbor cruise in honor of Earth Day.  The cruise gave myself and other media a chance to get a sneak peak at the Urban Ocean Festival that will take place on May 3 and 4th.  

We arrived at the Harbor Breeze Cruise docks next to the Aquarium and boarded one of their many vessels.  As we sat in the comfortable galley, we were treated to a sustainable seafood demo of mackerel, greens and seasonings.  It left us asking for the recipe and wanting more!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Take in the Shower Tonight! The Lyrid Meteor Shower! | #Astronomy #MeteorShower #Lyrid

The beautiful weather we have had this week is an indication that spring is here! In fact, we went to the beach for the first time this season, this last weekend!

We are excited to get outside and do more warm weather activities and this week is a great start! Last week we had the lunar eclipse and this week we have the Lyrid Meteor Shower!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Knott's Blooms Spring at the Boysenberry Festival! | @Knotts #KnottsSpring

Last weekend, the Knotts Berry Bloom arrived at Knotts Berry Farm.   What is Knotts Berry Bloom?

Knotts Berry Bloom is Knotts way of welcoming spring to southern California with Spring flowers, decorations, great food/drink and my favorite, boysenberries.  Knotts is known for growing the best boysenberry jelly's and jams but did you know that they are used for seasoning a variety of different food?  Enjoy all of the Spring activities from April 12-27.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Imaginology: A Day at the 2014 Youth Expo w/ S.T.E.A.M. | #GuestPost #Science

On Saturday, April 12, 2014, I was invited to the OC Fair and Event Center for “Imaginology,
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead,” with my family. This event was formally called the “Youth Expo,” but still encompasses the idea of learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math in a hands-on or kinesthetic environment. There were a variety of activities, for all ages to enjoy and participate in. My visit primarily focused on the “makeshops,” or hands-on activities, the Centennial Farm, free entertainment and amusements.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Disney Nature "Bears": Movie Review | @DisneyNature #DisneyNatureBears

Last week, I got was invited by Disney to see the new Disney Nature "Bears".  Since the movie comes out April 18, Earth Day, I thought I would give a little sneak peak of what you can expect.

As a Biologist and Animal Behaviorist, I love everything nature and was excited to check it out.  I saw the previews in the theatre and instantly fell in love with the sweet little bear family.  I felt a roller coaster of emotions watching as Sky, Amber and Scout brave the Alaskan wilderness that they call home.

Sky, and her two cubs, Scout and Amber, Disney Nature Bears does an incredible job showing the struggles these Grizzly's face during their first year of life.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Mud Runs, Not Just for Adults Anymore: Check Out These Kid Mud Runs! #SoCal #California #Kids

Have you been running 5k's and more and had to leave the kids behind?  Have your kids been asking where you go and how come they can't come? 

After finishing the Warrior Dash this month, we are hooked on Mudders and other Obstacle runs.  After showing our kids how much fun we had, our kids were begging to go play "Wipeout" too!  

Their curiosity and excitement got me wondering if there were scaled down mud and fun runs for the kids as well.  I did a little research and found out that there are quite a few kid friendly runs just their size range from mud pits to 2 mile courses. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Circus Vargas is Coming to the OC! Win Tickets | @CircusVargas #Giveaway

Circus Vargas is coming to Orange County and I have tickets to give away to a lucky winner!

I am aware that some people shy away from circuses because of the possibility of animal cruelty.  I would like to let you know that Circus Vargas does not use animals in their acts and the show is so good, no animals are needed to take away from the spectacular acrobatics.

Circus Vargas Presenting Magikaria Extreme is coming to Orange County April 24-28 (Westfield MainPlace) and May 1-19 (Irvine Spectrum) with an all new show!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Spring Cleaning Has Begun! Take the #7DaysOfSpringCleaning Challenge with Me | @OCGoodwill #ad #FindTheGood

This month, started the spring cleaning frenzy in our house.  Every spring, okay... every MONTH, I look around my house and think that we have WAY too much stuff!

I don't know about you but it gets really overwhelming really quick.  Where to start?  What do I do with all of this !@#$.  You know what I am talking about, unless you have a spotless house with no children in it, you are just as frustrated as I am.

Goodwill of Orange County had a great idea to get more organized in our houses and help create jobs in our community at the same time.  What is their idea?  A community getting together to take 7 days out of your schedule and organize one area a day.  I did this for 7 days and here is what I have to donate on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Honda Center.  The first 100 people win prizes such as signed pucks and Anaheim Ducks tickets!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Disney On Ice: Coming Next Week! @DisneyOnIce #Ontario #LongBeach

Disney On Ice 100 Years of Magic, comes to Ontario next week!  Enjoy this spectacular ice show at the Citizen's Business Bank Arena April 16th thru the 20th.

If Ontario is a bit far for you, check it out at the Long Beach Arena from April 23rd thru the 27th.

Buy a family (4) pack of select Disney On Ice tickets for only $80!  It doesn't get any better than that unless you win the tickets.  

Celebrating 100 Years of Magic, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, take audiences on a fun-filled adventure, sharing memories with Disney friends including Goofy & Donald Duck; the beloved Disney Princesses; Chip & Dale; Pinocchio & Jiminy Cricket; Belle & The Beast plus many more – and magical moments from Disney’s Aladdin, Mulan, The Lion King plus Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Children's Place: Spring Collection Plus #Giveaway! | @ChildrensPlace #PlaceSpring

I love going clothes shopping for my 4 year old daughter... really... I do... okay I HATE it!   Shopping isn't really my thing.  As long as it fits and is comfortable and matches, you would think that anything cute would be great.

Not in my daughters case.  She is going to be a lawyer one day, I am sure of it.  If I like an outfit, she hates it.  If I hate an outfit, she loves it.  That is just the way we roll.

How do you shop for  a 4 year old that is going on 16?  The only solution is to bring her along and have her shop for herself.  When I was invited to check-out the new spring collection at the Children's Place, there was no doubt that I had to bring her along.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific: Behind the Scenes Look | @AquariumPacific #LongBeach

My family loves the Aquarium of the Pacific and everything nature related.  I think I have mentioned that before.  I have been bringing my children there since they were taking their first steps!

Their favorites are the touch tanks and the shark exhibits where they can get up close and personal with their favorite animals.  The Lorikeet Forest is fun when they land on you to get their sweet treats.

Did you know that you can go behind the scenes and check out how much work goes on to keep the aquarium thriving?  My husband and I took a behind the scenes tour (which is available to the public for a nominal fee) to see it for ourselves.  

Thursday, April 3, 2014

De-Clutter, Donate, Create Jobs and Win Ducks Tickets! | @OCGoodwill #7DaysOfSpringCleaning #Donate4Good

We all want to help our communities be the best they can be, right?  What if cleaning your clutter out of your house, something you would probably do anyway, could help build confidence and help create new lives?  

Goodwill of Orange County have new ways to help us get our household clutter organized and at the same time, get a great tax write off and help create jobs for people with disabilities and other barriers in Orange County.  

I am joining the OC Goodwill in the #7DaysOfSpringCleaning campaign to de-clutter my house.  I have a ton of kids items that I would especially like given to a good cause.  I have been behind the scenes at the OC Goodwill locations and have seen first-hand the good that they do.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ride the Trains with the Easter Bunny at the Orange Empire Railway Museum! | @OrangEmpireRail #Easter

Do you love trains?  Take you kids to the Orange Empire Railway Museum for a special train related Easter Egg Hunt!

Hop on board! The Easter Bunny makes a stop at Orange Empire Railway Museum the weekend of April 12 and 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids of all ages will experience the magic of trains and the magic of the Easter Bunny at this incredibly popular annual event.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

EGG HUNTS For the Adventurous! Nothing Traditional About These Easter Egg Hunts! | #Easter

It's that time of year again. Which Easter Egg/Spring hunt are you bringing your kids too? There are the traditional egg hunts and then there are the ones for the most adventurous.

Egg hunts come in every shape and size but the ones my family like the most are the more unusual ones.

Underwater, Trains, on an Island, at night, with animals, for charity, military families, ghost towns, in the mountains or the beach, there are so many different adventures to choose from!

Check them out!