Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sessions: Gourmet Sandwiches Perfect for Picnicking and Win a Giftcard! | @SessionsNB #LastDaysofSummer #Giveaway

Sunset Beach

Freshen those Last Summer Beach Sessions with Discounted Last Week of Summer Sandwich Special for Four

We have been spending as much time at the beach as we can since we only have one week left until school.  It is always the question of what to eat?  I feel like we tend to go for fast food because that is what is convenient and available.

As of this week, I was made aware of a new choice in Newport Beach.

Sandwiches, Restaurant

Sessions West Coast Deli offers healthy and gourmet options not previously available and what is better is that they have a great deal to offer this week.  Take a break and order a picnic lunch and enjoy the last days of summer, picnicking at the beach.

It’s time to take advantage of the last week of summer deals, and Sessions West Coast Deli has assembled a promotion for its Newport Beach Peninsula customers and beyond hoping to get in a few more surf and sand sessions before the summer action ends.

Legends of OZ: FREE Family Printables PLUS Movie Giveaway! | @FHEInsiders #OZInsiders

With the Legends of OZ:  Dorothy's Return coming out on Blu-Ray, August 26, there are fun printables to get ready!

Our children love these FREE printables for the movies that they already have come to love.  Print out as many copies as you like and share them with friends.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

COMING SOON: Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival Plus Discounted Tickets | @DisneyLive #DisneyLive

Have you bought your tickets for Disney Live!  Mickey's Music Festival?

There are only 2 weeks left until the shows in Long Beach!  Be sure to check out the "Mom Discount" at the end of this post for a special ticket rate.

Join your favorite characters from Aladdin, Little Mermaid, Toy Story and more as they entertain you through the sounds of:
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Reggae
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Country and more

Unexpected Surprise on the Beach: Velella velella the Small Blue Jellyfish

jellyfish, man o war
As summer is coming to a close, we are trying to get in as many beach days as we can before the start of school next week.  A normal beach day had an odd turn as we discovered many beautiful small creatures littering the beach.

This blue beauty is called a Velella velella.  Related to the jelly fish and Man o War, it is often seen in warm and temperate waters in all the worlds oceans.  The last time they were seen washed up on Southern California beaches were about 8 years ago.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

DINOSAURS: Walking with Dinosaurs is Coming to the Honda Center! | @DinosLive #Anaheim #spon

I can't wait!  My children LOVE dinosaurs and there is an event next week that will make them sleepless with excitement!  Walking with Dinosaurs: Arena Spectacular!  

The last time my Walking with Dinosaurs was in Northern California, my kids were in diapers and all of the shows sold out!  I can't wait to take my little dinosaur diggers to experience dinosaurs in the most realistic dinosaur experience ever!

Variety said, “The dinosaurs are stunning, life-size and faultlessly nimble. In act one, the beasts parade into the arena gnashing and cavorting as a safari-suited paleontologist describes their attributes … in the second half, the action cranks up, culminating in a spectacular clash as a T-rex mom defends her baby from predators. Sonny Tilders' triumphant creature design ensures ‘Walking With Dinosaurs’ is a truly spectacular spectacular. It is everything a dino-phile could want.”

The show depicts the dinosaurs’ evolution with almost cinematic realism. WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators.

Friday, August 22, 2014

KIDS CRAFT: Rocket Jumper: Easy, Quick and Cheap and Great for Space Parties


Last weekend we went to the Columbia Space Center and learned how to make a GREAT toddler + rocket!  My kids are 5 and 7 and they had a blast making and launching these inexpensive "Rocket Jumpers".

These rockets can be used on any surface and quick and cheap to make.  They jump to about 3-4 feet high and is safe for even the toddlers.

Things you need:

  • 2 Sturdy plastic cups
  • 2 Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Coloring markers/crayons etc.
  • Rocket printable (free download below)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

MOVIE REVIEW: Island of Lemurs: Madagascar in IMAX w/ Ticket Giveaway! | @WarnerBrosEnt

Ring tailed Lemurs, Sifaka, movie
Photo Credit: Warner Brothers Entertainment
I've never been a huge fan of lemurs. It's not that I don't like them, I do but I've never looked at them and said, "Aw how cute!". So, when I walked into the movie theater and took my seat to watch Island of Lemurs: Madagascar in IMAX at the Irvine Spectrum, I wasn't sure what to expect.

I was also wondering if it would hold the attention of my 7 year old. Forty minutes later, we were both leaving with smiles on our faces and very entertained. 

Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is a documentary narrated by Morgan Freeman. These cute (yup, I called them cute) little furry animals were filmed in IMAX 3D which made it feel like the animals were in the theater. The visuals were amazing and makes you feel like you're right there in the mix with all the lemurs. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

FASHION: Fall Styles at the Children's Place! @ChildrensPlace #FallPlace #BacktoSchool #Giveaway #ad


The school season is upon us and I don't know about you but I am still looking for new clothes for my kids!  While my kids use uniforms, they still need clothes for after school and weekends.

I am one to look for coupons because as my family will tell you, I am cheap.  I like a good deal.  What's wrong with that?  Doesn't everyone?  My favorite go-to store and online clothing place for my kids is The Children's Place.

The Children's Place always have the best weekly coupon's and also a really good clearance area.  Put the two together, you get really good savings!  I was invited to check out their fall fashions last week and see what deals I could find.  How about saving over $100 plus I got $80 Place Cash back!

First off I had a 30% off coupon from the weekly email.  Additionally, I got $10(Place Cash) for every $20 I spent.  Besides shopping in the clearance area's(up to 50% + 30% off) I also used my $100 gift-card.  My total?  $89 with $80 in Place Cash back in coupons!

CONCERTS: Aquarium of the Pacific, Summer Nights | @AquariumPacific #LongBeach

Photo Courtesy of Kirschner Creative Artists

Summer is for concerts!  Why not enjoy concerts at the Aquarium of the Pacific?  Fish, Live Music, Drinks and great views of Rainbow Harbor.

Enjoy the breeze and ocean views while watching live music performances by a variety of bands and artists on the Aquarium’s Rooftop Veranda

WHAT: The Aquarium of the Pacific’s Rooftop Veranda will serve as the setting for a Summer Concert Series. Wednesdays through September 10, the Aquarium in conjunction with Kirschner Creative Artists, will present a selection of musical acts to benefit the Aquarium’s educational programs and animal care.

ENTERTAINMENT:  Performances include the Latin jazz sounds of Scott Martin, West Coast soul with Raquel Rodriguez, the folk music of The Dustbowl Revival, cover songs from The Replicas, and singer/songwriter Kiki Ebsen.

Friday, August 15, 2014

TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL: Welcomes Largest Rubber Duck to the LA Waterfront! | @TallShipsLA #Giveaway #SanPedro #ad

Tall Ship Festival LA, Sailing, 2014,

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to feel the wind in your hair and feel the salt on your skin?  Sailing across the ocean blue with the sails cracking overhead?  The Port of Los Angeles is giving you that chance!

The Tall Ships are are called the "Greatest Spectacle of the Pacific".  

Come to the LA Waterfront to check out more than a dozen international and domestic grand Tall Ships sail into California waters from all over the Pacific Ocean.  The Tall Ships Festival L.A. 2014 is arriving August 20, 2014!

From August 20-24, 2014, the Port of Los Angeles will be just one of three west coast ports bestowed with the honor of welcoming these beautiful vessels to their shores, affording visitors the rare chance to catch a glimpse, step aboard, and even set sail on some of the grandest ships of yore. In addition, the historic Battleship Iowa and the Victory Ship, S.S. Lane Victory will also be open for tours with your ticket.

  • Tickets available at or at 877-4FLY-TIX
  • Five full days - August 20 - 24, 2014
Tall Ships® Festival Los Angeles will showcase domestic and international ships, including some of the most acclaimed worldwide, including the official Tall Ships of the City of Los Angeles: Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, The Twin Brigantines.

There is a special surprise this year!  What is 105 feet tall, yellow and needs a big bathtub?  The worlds largest Rubber Duck!  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

DINOSAURS: FREE Dinosaur Packed Night at the Honda Center! | @HondaCenter @DinosLive #WalkingWithDinosaurs

Land Before Time, Jurassic Park, Anaheim

As the mother of a "Dinosaur Digger", I have discovered that anything dinosaur related is a must do for the smile that arrives on my son's face.  When a FREE dinosaur event comes on the radar, even better.

The Honda Center is celebrating the upcoming arena spectacular, "Walking With Dinosaurs" by hosting a FREE dino-packed evening of movies!  The Land Before Time and Jurassic Park will be shown on GIANT outdoor screens starting at 6:00PM.

The Land Before Time playing at 6:45 PM and Jurassic Park at 8:30 PM. Be sure  to bring chairs, tarps or blankets and anything comfortable to sit on as this will take place in the Honda Center parking lot. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

ROCKET FEVER: Great Family Event to Learn About Rockets | #Downey #Space



Do you have space enthusiasts in your house?  I do!  We love launching air-powered rockets at our local parks.  Motor run rockets are a little more difficult.

What is Rocket Fever?

Rocket Fever is a family friendly annual event at the Columbia Memorial Space Center that walks you through the process and teaches you all about rockets!

The Columbia Memorial Space Center invites you to join in on the awesome fun of rocket building and rocket launching! The space center will host multiple Build Your Own Rocket classes throughout the day, activities for the entire family, and family-friendly music from a guest DJ! All day rocket launching (pending inspection) can be viewed at the Discovery Sports Complex baseball fields (next door to the CMSC)!

 The Shave It Truck will also be on hand offering refreshing treats for all rocket fanatics! Don’t miss out on this special day that only comes once a year!

*ALL rockets will be subject to a safety inspection following NAR guidelines prior to launching.*

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: Convention Highlights, News and Amazing Art! | @BerryBestBits @AmGreetings #BerryBestFriends #SSC #ad

Ohio, Cleveland, 2014, American Greetings

Do you collect a favorite doll or collectible?  Maybe you have a side business selling toys of years past?  I was lucky recently to attend a convention that helped me revisit my childhood and learn great tips on how to make extra money sharing what I love.  

You have heard of comic book conventions but one you may not have heard of is the Strawberry Shortcake Convention.  This is a great group of people that get together to share their passion about everything Strawberry Shortcake.

This year I was invited into Strawberry Shortcake's world and learn about the history behind Strawberry Shortcake and her friends in Cleveland, OH, the birthplace of Strawberry Shortcake.  The convention was held at the American Greeting's Company which hosts the amazing artists that create such favorites as; Care Bears, Holly Hobby and of course Strawberry Shortcake!

Strawberry Shortcake has been going strong since 1977 as her original creator was an American Greeting illustrator.  Decades later, children are still enjoying Strawberry and her 32 character friends in the dolls, cartoons, movies, toys, and almost everything you could think of!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TICKET DISCOUNT: Disney's Live! Mickey's Music Festival Long Beach and Hollywood | @DisneyLive #DisneyLive #ad

Show, Hollywood, Long Beach

Do you have a family that is as Disney crazy as mine?  We love all things Disney!  Have you heard about the latest Disney Live show that is coming to Long Beach and Hollywood?

Disney Live!  Mickey's Music Festival is a concert that showcases the greatest hits from movies such as:

  • Aladdin
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Disney/Pixars Toy Story
What makes this concert unique is that they remix all of our favorites to rock, pop, reggae, hip-hop, jazz and country!  Hear them in a whole new tune!

“One song can touch millions of people around the world and Disney has been at the beat of this concept for years by making music a main ingredient of storytelling,” said Producer and CEO of Feld Entertainment Kenneth Feld. “In Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival we are celebrating with the Disney characters to a soundtrack of the latest sounds and chart-topping hits. We want our guests to walk away with lasting memories and singing these unforgettable melodies long after they leave the show.”

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival, featuring an all star line-up of more than 25 Disney characters, begins with audiences watching a state-of-the-art video projection of the frenzy backstage which spills onto the stage as Mickey welcomes guests to his concert tour. Soon thereafter, they will be transported to a new world of hip hop beats, dizzying acrobatics, flying carpets and magical transformations with Aladdin, Jasmine and Genie. Underwater is where the crowd will meet up with Ariel, Sebastian and their nautical pals to groove to the reggae rhythm. And family and friends will stomp to the beat as Woody, Buzz and Jessie teach them how to boogie rodeo-style.

Friday, August 8, 2014

KNOTT'S SCARY FARM: New Mazes, Shows and Annual Passes! | @Knotts @TheRealElvira #ScaryFarm #ItsHere

Knott's Scary Farm!  The thought conjures up dark foggy nights with unknown horrors behind every corner.  Mazes that are designed to get you lost in worlds of the terror and gore that make up nightmares!

Knotts, Zombie, Undead, Knotts Scary Farm, Horror   

Why am I mentioning Knott's Scary Farm in the beginning of August?  This week I was invited to a sneak peak conference of the upcoming Scary Farm events.  Do you have your favorite haunt?  Did it make it to this years horror-fest?  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

OUTDOOR DISCOUNTS: Local Outdoor Activities, Best Deals | #Fishing #SCUBA #Shooting #Kayak

Whale Watching, Harbor Breeze, Long Beach

  • Newport Beach:  $35 3/4 day fishing trip (51% off) Click here
  • Newport Beach:  $30(kid) or $35(adult) 10 hour fishing trip (51% off) Click here
  • Van Nuys:  $25 for a semi-private fly-fishing lesson (50% off)  Click here
Hydro Bikes:
  • Los Alamitos: $10 1 hour rental (50% off) Click here
  • Huntington Beach:  $15 for single(1 hour) or $25 for double kayak(2 hour) Click here
  • Marina Del Rey:  $15 for single(1 hour) or $25 for double kayak(2 hour) Click here

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

OC FAIR: Fresh Beat Band, Review and Discounts | @OCFair #CostaMesa

OC Fair, Costa Mesa, carnival, games, kids

Last week, I was in Ohio enjoying the Strawberry Shortcake Convention.  Of course my family wasn't about to stay at home and mope without me!  Where did they go?  The OC Fair of course!

Not only did they enjoy the rides, games and fried food but they also got to attend my kids favorite band, The Fresh Beat Band!

We didn't let them know about the concert until the last minute and they were in disbelief!
OC Fair, Costa Mesa, kids, concert

 OC Fair, Costa Mesa, kids, concert OC Fair, Costa Mesa, kids, concert

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

MONTEREY CAMPING: Marina Dunes RV Park | #Travel #RV #Camping

Monterey. Camping, RVing, Rentals

On our Northern California trip, we stopped in the beautiful city of Monterey.  Not wanting to stay at a hotel, we looked out for a place we could camp close to the city.

Marina Dunes RV Park was one of two public camping spots near Monterey and had something for everyone! 

Monterey. Camping, RVing, Rentals, Marina Dunes

Whether you are using a tent, RV, 5th wheel, or just want a house by the beach, it has it all.

Friday, August 1, 2014

BEST KAYAKING: Tips for Kayaking in Sunset Beach | #HuntingtonHarbor

When the weather is hot, we look to the water to cool off. One of our favorite beaches that we frequent is Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is all that the movies portray it to be but one thing that many forget about is the Huntington Harbor behind Sunset Beach.

Huntington Harbor is a maze of inlets where boaters, stand up paddle boarders and kayakers can find a great time! There are few large boats that are not docked at their owners houses. Did I mention the houses?! I would LOVE to live in this small piece of paradise!