Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Children's Place Winter: Warm, Cozy and Stylish | @ChildrensPlace #BigFashionLittlePrices

With fall brings cooler weather and the need for warmer clothes.  Even in California where the weather only drops to 50's on average, the need for layers is necessary.

Last week, I had the chance to see what our favorite children's fashion store had to offer.  The Children's Place has always been our go to place for the latest fashions at great prices and when I got the email to come take a look, I jumped at the chance.  

Walking into the Tarzana store, the first thing that caught my eye was the chosen theme of the year.  Can you guess what it is?  You got it!  Frozen!  While there weren't an over abundance of actual licensed clothing, the over all look made you want to curl up next to a campfire in cozy clothes.

 Tired of hearing and seeing all things Frozen?  Don't worry, there are plenty of other adorable dresses.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The "Coolest Place In Town" is Queen Mary's CHILL! | @TheQueenMary #LONGBEACH

Ice Kingdom

Winter is right around the corner and most of the country is blanketed in snow.  While we Southern Californian's will never see that weather here, we can go see the coolest place in town!

The Queen Mary is hosting CHILL for the 3rd year in a row, opening November 21st.

This years general admission ticket encompasses all that CHILL has to offer.  Some of the fun activities include:
  • Unlimited access to the Ice Kingdom- Brilliant ice sculptures in a 9 degree Farenheit display.
  • All new ice-slides with a California Christmas theme
  • Unlimited ice-tubing
  • Ice-skating with skate rentals(although you can bring your own)
  • Visit onto the Queen Mary
The theme, California Christmas, showcases our amazing state in the Ice Kingdom.  Enter through poinsettia lined arch and stroll(quickly because it is FREEZING) through a forest of candy-canes.  Santa shreds the 20 foot tall ice-waves and visit with Jolly St. Nick.


Slide down the frozen replica of the Queen Mary with four all new slides.  

The Nativity Scene and the almighty Ice-Queen round out the spectacular California Christmas in the Ice Kingdom.

The Ice Kingdom is kept at a chilling 9-degrees Fahrenheit to preserve the glistening ice sculptures. Public parkas are available, and guests are encouraged to bring their own jackets, hats and gloves to stay warm while inside the giant igloo-like exhibit. 

The Glacier Glide at CHILL offers guests unlimited ice tubing down six-lanes made entirely out of ice that stand more than two stories tall and 100-feet long. Guests can enjoy a perfect Southern California evening on a yuletide glide on the CHILL Ice Rink presented by the Port of Long Beach. The world-class 6,500 square foot outdoor ice skating rink gives skaters an awe inspiring view of the majestic Queen Mary, complete with twinkling lights installed just for the holidays, on her world famous stacks. This year ice skate rentals are included with each ticket or guests are welcome to bring their own skates. 


CHILL also invites visitors to explore the festive holiday village complete with a gingerbread house, holiday carolers, the decoration adorned Candy Lane and a visit with Santa Claus. CHILL features live festive entertainment, food and beverages nightly.

A holiday experience like no other, CHILL tickets start at $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids (ages 4-11). Tickets include entrance to The Ice Kingdom, ice skating and skate rental, ice tubing and access to the Queen Mary ship. Lodging packages are also available. CHILL will be open Nov. 21-30, Dec. 2-7, Dec. 9-Jan. 4 and Jan. 8-11. CHILL sponsors include The Port of Long Beach, Hawaiian Host, YP, Coca-Cola, Heineken and Finlandia. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, visit http://www.queenmary.com/events/chill/.

About the Queen Mary:

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco d├ęcor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FREE Kids Fishing Derby at El Dorado Park | @TVFishing #LongBeach

Legg Lake, Whittier Narrows

I have great news!  The FREE Kids Fishing Derby is back at El Dorado Park!

Join Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a free Youth Fishing Derby on Saturday, November 22. 

El Dorado Park 
7550 E Spring Street
Long Beach

“Loaner” fishing poles and tackle to catch fish will be provided to youth ages 15 years old and under. Participants over 16 years old are required to have a California State Fishing License.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Boat Parade Schedule: Los Angeles and Orange Counties | #Christmas

Photo Credit: John Schuman at Naples Boat Parade naplesca.com
2014 Los Angeles/Orange County Boat Parade Schedule

Dana Point - Boat Parade of Lights

: Friday, December 5; Saturday, December 6;
Friday, December 12; Saturday, December 13
At 7:30pm

Viewing Locations: Dana Point Harbor 34555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA

You can view the parade free from anywhere in the Harbor, or make reservations at one of the waterfront restaurants. 

There are also boat rides with Santa December 6-7 from 10 am to 2 pm from the Dana Wharf Sportfishing Dock.

Info: (949) 923-2255  www.danapointharbor.com

Huntington Harbor Boat Parade
16889 Algonquin Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

When: December 13 and 14th 5-8pm
Where: Parade Route

Info: Phone (714) 840-7542 http://www.hhboatparade.org/

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Win Tickets to Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate | @DisneyOnIce #Giveaway

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate looks to be the best show yet!  Have you gotten your tickets yet?  

There are 4 different arenas in Southern California for you to go.  Long Beach, Anaheim, Los Angeles and Ontario.  The dates vary but be sure you get your discount code here so you can get the best deal!

Tickets are now on sale at the following locations:

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

Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14
Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

TICKETS: Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (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. *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Raney Ranch Retrievers: San Diego's Best Dog Trainers | @RaneyRanchRet #ad #RaneyRanch #Hunting

Looking for a great reliable Hunting Dog?  A good hunting dog can mean the difference between thousands of dollars wasted in hunting trips and disappointments galore.  

There is nothing like shooting down your birds and being unable to retrieve it due to a dog unable to locate it or because it lacks the ability to read your signals at a long distance.  We, hunters, rely on our dogs to be one of our greatest tools in our amazing sport.

A reliable gun and proper hunting training is a must for us but what about our other tool, our dogs?  Without proper training, a hurt bird may suffer or never be found.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Irvine Park Railroad Giveaway: Christmas Tree + Prize Package! | @IrvineParkRR #ChristmasTrain

Irvine Park Railroad

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a couple weeks away and Christmas(YES, I said Christmas) is only 7 weeks away?!  WOW!  It seems like the kids just went back to school!

You may not have thought about your Christmas tree yet but your favorite park wants to help you find the perfect tree while enjoying a festive filled evening.  I am talking about Irvine Park Railroad.  Yes, our fun train ride to Santa now includes a NEW Christmas Tree Ranch!

Irvine Park Railroad
Photo courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad
The Christmas Tree Ranch is located in the Party Pavilions next to the train station. 
Christmas trees are individually priced; all trees contain a tag with the cost for that tree. 
Visitors may park in the Irvine Park Railroad parking lot which is next to the Christmas Tree Ranch. 

This year, Irvine Park Railroad is open November 28th, the day after Thanksgiving, through Tuesday December 23rd.

Trees Available:
  • Douglas Fir, Noble Fir and Grand Fir trees
  • 4-12ft
  • Tree stands, preservatives, wreaths, garland and more
Don't forget to take your family to meet Santa on the Christmas Train!  You must reserve a time for this special train ride.  Enjoy hot chocolate while enjoying the beautifully lit decor while waiting.

Activities to enjoy(WEEKENDS ONLY) through December 15th and (DAILY until December 23rd):
  • Carnival Games
  • Photo Ops
  • Cookie Decorating
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Coloring Corner
  • Ice Fishing
  • Moon Bounce and more!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Contest! How to Train Your Dragon 2 DVD/Blu-Ray plus FREE Activities | @FHEInsiders #HTTYD2 #DragonInsiders

Box Art Cover

The time has come that my kids have been waiting for all summer!  How To Train Your Dragon 2 is out on DVD/Blu-ray!  

The thrilling second chapter of the epic HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON trilogy returns to the fantastical world of the heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless. The inseparable duo must protect the peace and save the future of men and dragons from the power-hungry Drago.

There is even more excitement, adventure and, of course, more dragons when DreamWorks Animation releases DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS, an all-new animated adventure featuring the original voice cast. A hunt for lost sheep soon turns into a high-flying sprint in the all-new epic adventure as Hiccup and friends battle to become the first Dragon Racing Champion of Berk! DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS will be available exclusively on the Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD double pack and Digital HD.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Disney On Ice Let's Celebrate Tickets Now On Sale | @DisneyOnIce

Disney On Ice

Disney On Ice is ready for their new show "Let's Celebrate!" is coming to Anaheim, Inland Empire, Long Beach and Los Angeles with 16 your favorite stories from December 10, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse as the celebrate all of our favorite party holidays!  
  • Celebrate Halloween with the Disney Villains
  • Very Merry Un-birthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter
  • Mardi Gras with Tiana and Prince Naveen
  • Valentine's Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses
  • Hawaiian Luau with Lilo and Stitch
  • Winter Wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz
  • Go around the world to Japan, Brazil, China and more and find out how they party!
Presented by YoKids is the ultimate jam-packed celebration of the century featuring fun and surprises for the whole family!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Home and Family TV: Your Go-To DIY Show | @Home&FamilyTV #Home&FamilyTV

Christine Ferrare, Tanya Memme, Mark Steines, Kym Douglas, Sophie Uliano

I love looking up potential projects for my family to do on Pinterest. The DIY projects that range from baby clothes, cleaning products, recipes, photograph tips and so much more are so enticing but alas, very much out of my non-creative abilities.

In fact, have you seen the Facebook memes that show what a project will look like if you follow their directions and the reality of the actual fail of the result? The result is what mine usually look like!

I discovered an easy alternative in the Home & Family TV show on the Hallmark Channel. This program is more than a show. You watch the hosts, Mark Steines and Christina Ferrare, draw you into their family of friends and guests. You actually feel like they are real people who actually believe in what they talk about instead of actors reading from a script.

In fact, their set is not even a set! Their location is an actual working house and yard that just helps bring their audience into their "family". The house does not have ceilings because of the lighting required for filming but everything in the house is full working house. Walking up to the house, you would never guess you were walking on the back lot of Universal Studios.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival w/ FREE Coupon @AqaruiumPacific #AutumnFestival

All photos courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s thirteenth annual Autumn Festival.

The Autumn Festival highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian American cultures. 

The festival will feature traditional crafts, music, dance, demonstrations, cultural arts exhibits, ethnic cuisine, storytelling, and much more. Move to the sounds of taiko drumming, watch dancers, acrobats, and martial arts demonstrations. Try your hand at origami, and purchase hand-made crafts.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Rio 2 Singalong: FREE Crafts, Recipes, Gift Tags and More! | @FHEInsiders #RIO2Insiders

Box Art Fox Home Entertainment

Do you love Rio and Rio 2 as much as we do?  Do the songs frequent your car dash board like ours?

Fox Home Entertainment has added to their Rio experiences by adding a new version of Rio 2 to their family!  

The Rio 2 Singalong DVD/Blu-Ray comes out November 4th!

Now you can sing-along with your favorite characters to songs What is Love, I Will Survive, Rio Rio & more! Come take a walk on the wild side with Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and an incredible flock of all-star talent in this soaring sequel to the animated hit comedy Rio!

10 songs including: I Will Survive, What is Love, Rio Rio & More