Friday, May 30, 2014

CAKE DESIGNS: 22 Cub Scout Bake Off Idea's #Cubscouts #Boyscouts #Cakes

This year has been a major milestone in my son's life.  He is about to complete his first year as a Tiger Cub Scout and cross over the bridge and become a Wolf Cub Scout.  One of his major accomplishments that he did this year was to learn how to bake.

The annual Cubscout Bake Off was the perfect place to learn.  The boys were encouraged to do as much of the baking as possible with their Akeela's (adult) help for safety.  

When we were looking for ideas of what theme he would like, there was an over-whelming amount of creations, all scattered in various places.  My son ultimately chose the shark theme and we found a similar recipe on-line to help him along.

I thought I would help put together 22 images of our pack's awesome designs.  The boys had a great time and we enjoyed watching Dispicable Me 2 while the judges looked over the cakes.  The best part of the evening was that we all had a chance to sample the cakes after the judging!  My son won the Most Artistic and I am SO proud!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

PET PROTECTION: Foxtails: A Hidden Danger and a Trip to the Vet

Most of the time I write about my family's adventures having fun and doing things together.  One my family members that doesn't get a lot of mention but almost always comes with us is our dog Brittany.  

We consider her an important member of our family.  She protects us, goes camping, hunting, plays and gives us comfort.  We would do anything for her as she clearly does all she can for us.

Last week, I had to rush her to the vet because of a hazard that I had never given much thought about before.  Our backyard grass doesn't always have the weed control that it needs and a certain weed was taking over our little used side yard.

We had just gotten back from a weekend away and we noticed that she was chewing her feet and licking one paw excessively.  On further examination, I saw a puncture wound, redness and swelling.  The weed responsible is the common foxtail.  I checked out the rest of her body and removed about 10 foxtails.  I immediately made an appointment with our vet to remove the burrowed fox-tail from her foot.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Dragons: Defenders of Berk 2 DVD | @FHEInsiders #Giveaway

 This year may not be the official "Year of the Dragon" but with "How To Train Your Dragon 2" due out on June 13th and the new DVD release of "Dreamworks Dragons: Defenders of Berk" out this week, they might decide to change that.

PHOTO SAFARI: San Diego Zoo Safari Park: Tiger Trail | @SDZSafariPark #TigerTrail

This last weekend, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park opened one their most memorable exhibits, Tiger Trail!  While Tiger Trail didn't open to the public until Memorial Day, I was lucky to have been invited with my daughter for a sneak preview.

We were invited, along with other animal and photo enthusiasts, to check out this spectacular set of exhibits that show-case the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park's push to save the tigers by ensuring a great breeding program.  The  exhibits allow the visitors to get an up close and personal look at these magnificent creatures in as wild of a setting as possible.

Friday, May 23, 2014

LOCAL EVENT: Strawberry Festival, We Had a Berry Good Time! | @FoxHomeEnt #StrawberryFunFest #sscbloggers

Last week, I had attended an event that I had heard of but had never had the opportunity, the Strawberry Festival in Oxnard.

Thanks to 20th Century Fox, I can no longer say that.  To help celebrate the new release of the Strawberry Shortcake DVD: Fun Under the Sun, Strawberry Shortcake was making her appearance.

My family loves strawberries and the Strawberry Shortcake show is often on in our house.  We couldn't wait!  

Thursday, May 22, 2014

STAYCATION: Knott's Berry Farm Has My Vote! | @Knotts #KnottsPass #SoakCityOC

With the end of the school year fast approaching, we have been chomping at the bit to go somewhere, anywhere.  It is hard to relax when we have so many things going on already.  Between school, baseball, softball, cubscouts, and all of the extra events we do, my family is just plain exhausted.  

We NEEDED a vacation!  Where could we go that we could get a little break and at the same time celebrate my 7 year old birthday?  We only had 2 days really so we felt that a "stay-cation" would be the best solution.  

Thanks to Knotts Berry Farm, our answer was closer than we thought.   I received notice that Knotts Soak City was to open on my sons birthday and we were invited!   The bonus was that we had also received an invite to check out the newly remodeled Knotts Hotel!  

Honestly, before a few months ago, I was not aware that Knotts Berry Farm HAD a hotel!  I was curious! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

COOKING CLASSES: Kids Dish Up Food and Fun! | @SimonMalls #KidgitsClub

My family has been on a lookout for kids cooking classes and events lately since we have discovered what a great learning tool and family activity it is.  I found out that several of our local Simon Malls, are holding their annual Super Duper Lil Chefs events.
Simon shopping centers dish up food, fun and learning experiences

The hands-on atmosphere of Simon Kidgits Club Super Duper Lil Chefs will engage both parents and children in exploring the endless imaginative possibilities of pairing creativity with cuisine. The event menu offers a variety of food-focused festivities ranging from cooking demonstrations to etiquette lessons and craft-making with meal items. The event is free and open to the public, however Simon Kidgits Club Members will receive a free Kidgits pizza plate and pizza cutter, while supplies last!

Monday, May 19, 2014

DISCOUNTS: OC Fair: 10 Ways to Save | @OCFair #Deals

2014 OC Fair Ten Top Offers Deals on Admission, Food & Rides

 “Summer Starts Here” at the 2014 OC Fair from July 11-August 10, offering Fairgoers impressive discounts and deals during the Fair.

Friday, May 16, 2014

SHOW REVIEW: Circus Vargas' Magikaria Extreme | @CircusVargas #Magikaria

This week, my family enjoyed the always enjoyable Circus Vargas show at the Irvine Spectrum.  I would like to share with you our favorite moments of the evening.

It had been quite a few years since I had seen Circus Vargas and honestly, I had forgotten how much fun it is!  Magikaria, is their latest show and it is filled with humor, acrobatics, magic, trampolines and more.
These long scarves held up the acrobats flying through the sky.

The Magicians ram spikes through their assistants!  YIKES! 

Why yes, that IS a ladder he is balancing on his chin!  AMAZING!

The acrobat could do anything on this! Jump rope, blind-folded and more!

 It was a hot day when we went so we enjoyed an intermission with nachos and lots of water!

 How do they do that!  Swords through people!

 The families that make up Circus Vargas show their love in everything they do! Here they made a heart. 

 The trampoline act was my kids favorites with the cops and bad guys. 

The finale was filled with dance and "snow"!  Too bad it wasn't real because it was a really hot week!

Check out Circus Vargas before they leave!  It was a fun show for the whole family!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

TICKET GIVEAWAY: Fresh Beat Band at the OC Fair! | @OCFair #Giveaway

The Fresh Beat Band is coming this summer to the Pacific Amphitheatre for their only California performance and I would love to give you 4 tickets to their August 1st show!

The Fresh Beat Band is a live-action preschool musical sitcom set to original pop songs with preschool-friendly lyrics. Marina, Kiki, Twist, and Shout are the Fresh Beats--four best friends in a band who go to music school together and love to sing and dance.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

TRAINS: Spring Rail Returns to the Inland Empire | @OrangEmpireRail

Photo by Carrie Vines
Spring Rail Fest Returns to Inland Empire

You're invited to a family celebration of Southern California's railway heritage on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18 at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The annual Spring Rail Festival will offer families and rail enthusiasts plenty to do and see at the 90-acre railway park in the heart of Southern California.

Ride trolleys all day and a steam train. Get behind the throttle of a railroad locomotive under an instructor's supervision. Enjoy live bluegrass music, food vendors, special train exhibits and a paint along for kids. There's also a model railway, run by enthusiasts.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Kids Baking Class: Panera Bread Invites Kids to Learn | @PaneraBread #BakersInTraining

Panera Bread® Invites California Kids to Learn the Craft of Baking

Have you been looking for a fun activity for the kids this year? Last week, I received an invitation to bring my kids to try out Panera Bread's new baking class for kids!  

In 8 Panera Bread, Los Angeles County locations, they are now offering “Bakers-in-Training” Classes.  Kids 5-12 can learn the basics in baking in a fun group setting that helps even the younger kids begin a lifetime love of baking.

Friday, May 9, 2014

EVENTS: Pretend City Kids, Rock Out in May! | @PretendCity #FamilyFun


Pretend City Children’s Museum is turning up the volume and energy this May as it invites little rock stars and performers alike to “Rock the City!” Give them a stage, and they’ll give you a performance of a lifetime. All future rock stars are invited to wear the wildest costumes, play the coolest instruments, and perform at the hottest venue in Orange County: the Pretend City Children’s Museum Amphitheater! Through interactive performances, special guest appearances, and special programming, Pretend City explores what it takes to put on a rockin’ good show.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Scout-O-Rama: Fun Filled Day for All Ages, All Are Invited! | @BoyScouts #ScoutORama


As an Akela(cub-scout adult leader) in my son's Tiger Cub den, we are always on the lookout for fun and educational activities for the kids.  One of the events that we look forward to each year is the Scout-O-Rama.  

What is the Scout-O-Rama?  It is an action filled day, open to people of all ages.  It has more than 250 exciting exhibits, games, adventures and live demonstrations fun for the whole family.

MOTHERS DAY: Mimi's Cafe's Mothers Day Brunch, Perfect for Mom! | @MimisCafe #MothersDay

She listens. Always knows the perfect gift. Always manages to make time. All while expecting nothing in return. And nothing says merci maman more than a special Mother’s Day brunch in her honor. 

Thanks to Mimi’s Cafe, Mother’s Day brunch can be both delicious and affordable. With dishes like savory Crepes Florentine with scrambled eggs, spinach onions and tomatoes topped with a classic French Mornay sauce, decadent Apple Bacon Waffles, or any of Mimi’s signature quiches, eggs benedicts or omelettes, it’s no wonder Mimi’s is everyone’s favorite brunch spot. And while you are celebrating mom, don’t forget to toast her with her favorite mimosa, such as the Sparkling Strawberry or Sunrise Mimosa.

Enjoy the recipe for Mimi's Cafe's, Cinnamon Brioche French Toast below, courtesy of Mimi's Cafe.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CAMPING: A Day at Kennedy Meadows #Camping #KennedyMeadows #Fishing

During spring break, we wanted to get away for a little fun.  Our area of choice was Kennedy Meadows.  If you haven't heard of it, I am not surprised.  It is a little known camping area about 3 hours north of us on the Kern River.

Imagine a camping area where you can dirt-bike ride, hunt, hike, camp, fish and gold prospect all in one area!

Product Review: Cool Off in a Backyard Ocean Pool! | @BackyardOcean #Review

This last week has been horrible at our house!  The weather has been so dry that we feel that staying inside in air conditioning, might be the only answer.  The beach is great but the water is still on the cold side.  What else is there?  

I was offered to review an above ground pool by Backyard Ocean just in time!  Our yard is not large by any means and I had wondered if it was worth getting a pool.  Would the kids use it?  How hard would it be to clean?  How hard would it be to set up?

GIVEAWAY: $20 Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill GC | @Rubiostweets #Giveaway #ad

Rubio’s® Brings A Unique Twist To Traditional Enchiladas With New Menu Offerings

Iconic San Diego Restaurant Continues Culinary Evolution By Introducing Enchiladas To Its Menu

Rubio’s Restaurants®, the brand known for uniquely delicious seafood entrees, is welcoming new chef-crafted Enchilada Plates to its menu. Created by Rubio’s co-founder, Ralph Rubio, and Rubio’s team of chefs, the product line includes sustainable Pan-Seared Shrimp Enchiladas with verde sauce, Grilled Chicken Enchiladas with fire-roasted sauce, and Enchiladas Especial featuring a combination of one pan-seared shrimp enchilada and one grilled chicken enchilada. Representative of Rubio’s dedication to providing guests with interesting and complex flavors; the craveable enchiladas are available starting today.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Military: A Thank You from Farrells Ice Cream Parlour! | @FarrellsIsBack #Military

A Free Farrell’s Sweet Treat For Those In The Military

We love our freedom to do what we desire.  Who do we thank for that?  Our military!  Men and women who have put their own lives on hold so that we can make our country the great place it is.  

Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour's want to thank all of our past and present military by giving them a special sundae in the month of May.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Mothers Day Deals: Why I am Choosing this Year | #ad

Mothers Day is this weekend and many of my friends are scrambling to find the perfect give for their wife or mother.  Don't tell my mom, but I have had a gift in mind for awhile.  

I have been using for my favorite sushi restaurant for about 5 years now.  While browsing through the many restaurants on I noticed that my moms favorites were there too! What better present is there to treat your mom or wife to a lunch or dinner?  

Friday, May 2, 2014

Rubio's 3rd Annual CoastFest: Beach Cleanup, Music Festival, Free Food & More | @RubiosTweets #CoastFest

Rubio’s Hosts 3rd Annual CoastFest; Invites Community to Come Together to Celebrate the Ocean

Covering more than 72 percent of the planet, the ocean is the primary source of food for more than 3.5 billion people. Each year between 70 and 75 million tons of fish are caught in the ocean, making it the largest source of wild and domestic protein in the world. With this in mind, Rubio’s works to be a friend to the ocean year-round with a majority of its seafood being sourced from sustainable fisheries, recycling plastic and glass bottles in restaurants whenever possible, using eco-friendly plates and to-go containers and supporting ocean focused causes.

On May 10, the brand known for its craveable coastal cuisine and popularizing the fish taco is inviting all Southern California residents to its 3rd annual Rubio’sCoastFest – a free celebration of the ocean complete with beach cleanup, complimentary food and drinks, music festival, VIP beer garden, educational components, activities for attendees of all ages and more in Oceanside, Calif.

Researchers say the world’s oceans are at a critical point in their existence, from climate changes and ocean acidification, to poor fishing practices and pollution. The actions taken to protect the oceans throughout the next 10 years will determine the state of the oceans for the next 10,000 years. 

For these reasons and so many more, Rubio’s has counted the ocean as a source of inspiration and resource since the restaurant’s founding more than 30 years ago. 

After an incredibly successful 2013 celebration that launched Rubio’s ‘To the Ocean’ campaign and saw a record turnout, this year’s CoastFest is even bigger and better. 

With more than 1,600 attendees expected to join the festivities at the Oceanside Pier on May 10, the celebration will kick off at 10 a.m.. with community members going the extra nautical mile at a beach cleanup hosted by I Love a Clean San Diego

Last year’s efforts resulted in more than 350 pounds of trash being removed from the coastline. 

This year, beach cleanup participants should bring a bucket, gloves, sun protection and a reusable water bottle. For more beach cleanup information, please visit:

Following the beach cleanup, the celebration begins and includes:
  • CoastFest activities – this year’s celebration is full of exciting freebies and activities, including: prizes from the Rubio’s prize wheel, surf lessons, a mobile aquarium, face painting, an inflatable jumpy house and a photo booth to capture the day’s memories.
  • Complimentary food and drinks – guests will be able to enjoy a Rubio’s sustainable Grilled or Blackened Regal Springs® Taco, handmade guacamole featuring Hass avocados and chips, freshly prepared salsa, beverages and more.
  • Music festival – guests are invited to visit the main stage throughout the celebration for free live music from a collection of local Southern California bands, as well as FM 94/9. Musical acts include: Jet West, a reggae/rock band from San Diego that fuses traditional rock with elements of reggae and hard rock and Bad Neighborz, a 2012 San Diego Music Award nominee for Best Artist. Families can also enjoy live, interactive performances from Clint Perry & The Boo Hoo Crew in the Kid’s Zone.
  • VIP Beer Garden – a new addition to this year’s CoastFest, Rubio’s has added a VIP beer garden to the celebration – featuring Karl Strauss beer and Lolailo Sangria. 
  • Kids’ Zone educational elements – Rubio’s understands that the ocean makes everything it does possible and in turn is passionate about educating future generations. To ensure a love of the ocean is passed down, the Ocean Institute’s “Ocean in Motion” aquarium touch tank, as well as the mobile learning center courtesy of the Wyland Foundation® will be on site for children of all ages.
  • Complimentary surf lessons – onsite surf lessons will be available to attendees from Surfin’ Fire.
This year’s event partners include: I Love a Clean San Diego, Dr Pepper, Ocean Institute, Spy Optics, Wyland Foundation, Birch Aquarium, UCSD Sustainability Department, Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, Honest Tea, Regal Springs® Tilapia, Trident, Lolailo Sangria, Karl Strauss, Surfin' Fire, Cox Communications and more.

For more information about Rubio’s CoastFest event or to RSVP, please visit: To learn more about Rubio’s, its upcoming initiatives or its coastal cuisine, please visit:

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue FREE Printables! | @Disney #Fire&Rescue #Free

With every movie my family goes to lately, Planes: Fire & Rescue teases us with trailers.  My kids are forever asking when they can see Dusty again. 

Disney's Planes was a huge hit last year and all year long we have had air races with a variety of paper airplanes.  My kids have so much fun with anything related to the original movie and I am excited to be able to bring my children and yours activities to keep them busy until Planes: Fire & Rescue comes out in 3D on July 18, 2014.