Friday, February 27, 2015

Easter Eggs, Trains, Win Prizes and More at Irvine Park Railroad! @IrvineParkRR #Giveaway

With Easter just a little over a month away, my families favorite park is getting ready for their annual festivities such as Easter Egg Hunts and train rides.  Irvine Park Railroad has been a tradition since my oldest was barely walking and we look forward to celebrating each season with them.

Since we have been sharing our adventures there each season, you know that we always have fun prizes to giveaway so that your family can enjoy it too!  Check out the bottom of the page for the chance to win tickets!

Starting March 14th and going through April 4th, the Easter Bunny will join Irvine Park Railroad for fun Easter activities that include:
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Face-Painting
  • Bounce houses
  • Carnival games
  • Train rides
  • Hay rides
  • Pony rides and more!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

MOVIE NIGHT: Best of Me Made Valentines Day Even Better! | @FHEInsiders #BestofValentine #BestofMeInsiders #ad

Valentines Day is a day for spending time with loved ones and this one was no different.

When I mean no different, I mean that I spent it with my husband and kids.  Ideally, my husband and I would get a night to ourselves but unfortunately, this seldom happens.  In addition, we want our children to feel loved too so we really don't mind sharing the day.  

We started the day by enjoying the beautiful weather at the beach.  My hubby and I had promised that we would have adult movie time after the kids were in bed but we started with a glass of wine courtesy of Fox Home Entertainment and the Best of Me movie.

The kids made friends and built sand castles while we enjoyed watching dolphins swimming in the waves.  Even before kids, we spent many dates at the beach and in fact, my husband proposed to me on a very similar day at the beach 9 years ago!  My son captured this sweet moment of my husband and I.   :-)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Top 3 Whales Spotted with Harbor Breeze Cruises! Orcas, Gray and Fin Whales | @HarborBreezeC #LongBeach


Have you heard?  There is a 97% success rate of seeing whales right now with Harbor Breeze Cruises!  My family and I were invited to test that percentage this week and we weren't disappointed!  Did you know that they spotted Orcas(Killer Whales) two days this week along with daily migrating Gray and endangered Fin whales?!

There are a lot of whale watching boats with daily cruises and since we live in Long Beach, our first choice was the Triumphant of Harbor Breeze Cruises.  

Harbor Breeze Cruises is stationed outside of the Aquarium of the Pacific and has two of the fastest whale watching boats on the West Coast, the Triumphant and the Christopher.

As we left Rainbow Harbor, we enjoyed the gorgeous view of the lighthouse, Queen Mary and shops.

Rainbow Harbor

The swells were rough this week but it didn't deter two boat fulls of hopeful whale watchers.  Here, the Christopher looks on as a Gray Whale spouts.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Win It! FREE Ice-Cream at Farrell's! NEW Tater Creator | @FarrellsisBack #TaterCreator

Do you love fries as much as I do?  Seriously, I could eat fries as my main course if my heart and arteries could handle it.  Farrell's understands that sometimes, you want your fries and you want them YOUR way!  

How about fries with over 7 million combinations?!  I am not kidding!  Farrell's has come up with the Tater Creator menu which gives us a long list of items that you can customize your fries or tater tots with.


My hubby and I have come to enjoy our occasional lunch dates at Farrell's without our kids.  It may sound selfish but since my hubby works nights, this is our version of a date.  We love sharing Farrell's with our kids but it's nice to get a chance to be alone too.

My husbands choices with his hamburger were:
  • Fries
  • Chili
  • Garlic
  • Cheddar
Simple yet good.

I got a little adventurous with:
  • Fries
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Bleu cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar (I LOVED this sweet and spicy combo!) 
If you are not sure what may or may not go together, you can always request the items on the side as I did.  

After we stuffed ourselves the waiter asked if we wanted dessert... well DUH! You just can't go into Farrell's and NOT get ice-cream, it's Un-American!  LOL  

Have you had my favorite?  The Gold Rush?  2 Scoops of ice-cream with peanut butter, fudge, almonds, whipped cream peanuts and cherry.  Yummm!

As we waddled out the door, we swore we couldn't eat another bite and yet we discussed when we would have our next lunch date.  Have you had a date with your spouse lately?  Farrell's has my vote!


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DISCLAIMER:  I was invited to try the new Tater Creator menu in return for sharing my experience.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Family Fishing and FREE Whale Watching Giveaway | @DanaWharf #DanaPoint

Dana Wharf Fishing

My family is not what you call morning people.  Really, there is few things we get up early for!  One thing that can almost always get us up for, is fishing.  Through experience, we learned that we always caught the most fish early and late in the day.

When we were offered a chance to go fishing on the "Reel Fun" out of Dana Wharf Fishing, we jumped at the chance.  While the 6:30 boat is not the only time, we chose to go for the early fish will take the bait mentality.

Sunrise Dana Wharf

The best part of waking up early?  The sunrise!  WOW!  I loved how beautiful Dana Point looked with the sun rising over the hill.

Dana Wharf Fishing

Even the Stand-up Paddle Boarders were enjoying it.

Dana Wharf Fishing

I know that not everyone is a fan of fishing but I have yet to see a child who doesn't get excited about catching their first and second and... fish.  If you don't have your own fishing rods, don't worry, you can rent them in the office.  The staff was super helpful and was right there to cut bait and help remove fish off the lines.  


After a short stop at the bait barge, we were off to the first fishing spot.  How do we find the fishing spot?  Look for the birds!  These pelicans were sneaky and tried to steal our fish at every turn.

Ocean Dana Wharf

One thing that I didn't take into consideration when we booked our trip was WHALES!  We are in the height of the Gray Whale migration and we saw no less than 4 Gray Whales and 30 dolphin.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Movie Giveaway! Best of Me DVD/Blu-ray | @FHEInsiders #BestofMeInsiders

From the New York Bestselling writer of "The Notebook", Nicholas Sparks brings us "The Best of Me".  This tender, romantic drama about the timeless power of love.  Amanda and Dawson are soul mates who met as teens and were from different backgrounds. But circumstances would force them to part ways. 20 years later they are brought back together by the passing of a mutual friend. So they go back home to fulfill his final wishes and they run into each other. While Amanda is married, albeit unhappily, she still has feelings for Dawson but can't forgive him for pushing her away.

Special Features

  • “Tears of Joy” New Storyline and “Storybook” Alternate Ending 
  • Deleted Scenes (Blu-ray Only) 
  • Along for the Ride 
  • Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Michelle and James (Blu-ray Only) 
  • Nicholas Sparks Interviews: Liana and Luke (Blu-ray Only) 
  • Director’s Commentary by Michael Hoffman 
  • Music Video: I Did – Lady Antebellum 
  • Digital HD (Blu-ray Only) 
The Best of Me Blu-ray:
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
U.S. Rating: PG-13
118 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes

The Best of Me DVD:
Screen Format: Widescreen 2.40:1
Audio: English DD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
U.S. Rating: PG-13
118 minutes
Closed Captioned: Yes


About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment 
 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. 

DISCLAIMER:  I received a copy of the DVD in exchange for helping promote the movie.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Top 11 Pinewood Derby Cubscout Designs for Pack 206 of Long Beach | #LongBeach #BoyScouts

If you are a scouting family, your days have been filled with selling cookies and building cars for the Pinewood Derby.  This was my son's second Pinewood Derby and we  felt ready.

What is the Pinewood Derby?  This Scout honored tradition goes back generations.  My brother and father both built and raced these speedy little blocks of wood.  Derby car kits were bought a couple months ago but ideas have streamed through our heads for months.

In each kit, the scout(parents and siblings also) is given a block of wood, 4 wheels and 4 nails for axles.  It is the scouts job to shape these items into the fastest race car it can by designing, cutting and painting it to win.

Rules for the Scout and Sibling race:

  • The total weight must not exceed 5oz
  • The wheels and axles must not be altered (although polishing axles and using graphite powder on the inside of the wheels is highly encouraged)
  • The length and axle width must stay the same 
There is the Outlaw race which encompasses anyone and has NO rules about the wheels and almost anything goes with a 5oz max weight.

My son's design was an army/Planes theme with a slick body.  Since the wood and wheels by itself does not weigh 5oz, extra weight was added.  My daughter and I submitted our cars, hers a Frozen Theme(Sibling race) and mine a "Race for the Cure"(Outlaw race).

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Orchard Supply Hardware Store Now Open in Cerritos! | @OrchardSupply #MyOsh

Have you been to an Orchard Supply Hardware(OSH) store lately?  Do you not know where one is locally?  There is one closer than you think.

In 2015, there are 5 new stores opening and I got a chance to check out the latest store in Cerritos,  on my quest to find some decor for spring.

I have not spent much time in OSH as it is better known because there was not one close by.  I also have other do-it-yourself stores close by that I could get lost in.  What makes OSH different than other home improvement stores?


It is a store for the average home owner versus contractor store.  While we enjoy many things about other warehouse stores, I find it hard to find someone to help me and I often get lost in the larger stores.

The new Cerritos store is not small by any means, being 40,000 sqft but it is organized in a way that is user friendly.  every aisle has a purpose and well labeled.  There is even an aisle for watcha-ma-call-its!

Need a key?  The key cutting center is right where you walk in so it's an easy in and out.

There is a large paint sample area where you can purchase a small amount of a color instead of a whole gallon.  Come back in a couple months and there are talks of monthly kids crafts as well.

There is a great gardening area with a large quantity of seeds to full grown plants.  Did you know if you buy a plant and pot, they will re-pot it for free for you?


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Win! Strawberry Shortcake: Snowberry Days DVD! | @FHEInsiders #SnowBerryDays #Giveaway #FREE

Snowberry Days DVD Cover

Have you children been keeping up with Strawberry Shortcake and her friends?  Strawberry and her friends have all new winter episodes  and I want to give them away to one lucky winner!

Strawberry Shortcake:  Snowberry Days will be available February 10th just in time for your little ones Valentine's Day.  In the meantime, print out this cute coloring page for FREE!

One thing I love about these great titles is that they come with the Digital Copy.  Do your little ones have an iPad?  My daughter loves having her favorite shows on the go.

The all new Strawberry Shortcake: Snowberry Days DVD includes the following episodes:
  • The Berry Long Winter – a fun filled playtime is interrupted when someone notices that the squirrels are low on supplies.
  • The Big Freeze – Blueberry designs her own specialty ice skates and has her friends feeling left out.
  • On Ice – Raspberry puts on a Spring fashion show and everything seems to go wrong with an out of control fountain and cold weather.
Join Strawberry and her berry best friends as they discover working with others ensures a Snowberry good time for everyone. Celebrate in the fun with this Strawberry Short Cake Printable:

Coloring page


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