Monday, June 29, 2015

Family Fine Dining at Side Door in Corona Del Mar | @SideDoorCDM #ToddlerTuesday

Fine dining isn't just for childless adults anymore!  

Imagine, going to dinner where there are no singing animals and enjoying a delicious gourmet meal and drinks with your young children and no dirty looks.  A time set aside for families where children may run around and be as loud as kids can be.

Side Door, a partner with the 5 Crowns Restaurant in Corona Del Mar got our message!  Parents can't always find a babysitter and would like night outs with the family!  When I got invited to see this paradise for myself, I jumped at the chance.

Tuesday nights are Toddler Tuesdays.  This wonderful patio is reserved for families that worry about their children disrupting other diners.  NO RESERVATION REQUIRED!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fathers Day Craft for Kids Plus BONUS $100 Orchard Supply Hardware Giveaway | @OrchardSupply #ad

Fathers Day is coming up this weekend and I have a cute craft for the kids to do for Dad!  It is never easy to find the right present and gifts mean so much more when they are homemade from the kids.

Is Dad a cook?  Gardener? Loves to get his hands dirty?  How about a personalized herb garden that can be decorated over and over?  I like this because I can write what is growing on the outside of the can because the tags always get lost.

This craft is a lot of fun and can be a fun gift from the kids under $25!  I was given all of the supplies for it from our local Orchard Supply Hardware store(OSH) and the kids were off.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Circus XTREME is New at Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® Circus | $15 Opening Night Tickets!

Do you love Extreme Thrills, Exotic Animals and Amazing Acrobats?  Our favorite acts and new ones are returning with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus in their new show, Circus XTREME!   

From July 9th- Aug 2nd, you can see this spectacular show at 3 different venues in Southern California.

Prepare to be astonished and amazed by some of the coolest acts ever as Ringling Bros. goes to new extremes with the all-new energetic circus production, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME. Children Of All Ages can let their imagination go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extraordinary circus artists and exotic animals. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

CELEBRATE: Birthdays with Medieval Times | @MedievalTimes #MTFan #spon

May has been an extremely busy month. With both of my kids birthdays and our Anniversary, we are always at a loss of how to celebrate. What do we all love and can be enjoyed for people of all ages? Medieval Times.  

My kids and I are thoroughly horsey people.  I had horses through college and my kids are always asking to go riding.  My husband, not so much.  He says that dirt-bikes cost less.  He might be right but bikes don't greet you with slobbery kisses and a neigh.  Even he couldn't resist the show after being invited to celebrate with them.

We kept Medieval Times a surprise on my daughter's birthday, only telling my son who wanted to dress like one of the knights.  What he didn't know was that he was going to get a birthday surprise too.

As part of the Royal Package, we received a free photo as we walked inside.  Since we love dressing up, we upgraded to costumes for a few dollars more.  I think this is going to be our Christmas card!  

I recommend getting there early, especially if you want to "Knight" or "Lady" your surprised guest.  We chose to pass on this but the kids were enthralled by the King performing the ceremony on the lucky participants.

I recommend getting a drink as you walk around the lobby waiting for the doors to open.  I really liked the frozen drinks.  We purchased colorful souvenir goblets to remember the day which gave us discounted drinks.

The Hall of Stallions is a must see!  These majestic boys are gorgeous!  Also, don't forget the Peregrine Falcons that are used in the show as well.

If you have a little one, that is eyeing the souvenir stands, there is plenty to choose from.  My daughter loved this stick unicorn!  She also talked Grandma into buying her a maiden's ribbon head band.  

The show was about to start and we were shown to our seats.  I loved how close we were to all the action!  As the King announced all the celebrations, both of my kids were glowing as they heard their names be called as a "knight" and "princess".  They loved the programs that were included in the Royal Package with the banners to cheer our knight on.

Our food arrived and the show began.  We were rooting for the Red Knight and cheered
we did.  In fact, we cheered so loud that my daughter was chosen to receive one of his special flowers!  Could her smile get any bigger?

We enjoyed the amazing horsemen/women and the dressage was spectacular! My favorite was the horse jumping straight up in the air and kicking out! The show held a good story line and it was filled with action. The jousting and relay races were my son's favorites.

After we ate, we were treated to birthday cake and the show finished. I had a happy family that could talk of nothing else for days. They were already planning next years birthdays at Medieval Times.


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If you want to make reservations or find out more about their menu(they have different dietary menus), please check out their website at  

7662 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, California 90620

DISCLAIMER:  I received a media discount in return for this honest and fair review.  All thoughts and ideas are my own.  Do not use any photos without permission.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Celebrating Summer at Ruby's with Shakes | @RubysDiner #RubysSummerShakes

Summer is right around the corner, only 2 more weeks for us!  While the weather hasn't shown us any indication of the heat that summer promises, I am already looking for cool treats.  My family and I were invited to see the new shake menu at Ruby's in Long Beach and I jumped at the chance.

Shakes seem to be a weakness for me.  In fact, while I was pregnant with my 2 kids, that is all I craved.  They need calcium, right?

I had been to this location before although it had been a couple of years although I am not sure why we don't go there more often since it is only 10 minutes from my house.

The atmosphere was family friendly and my kids fit right in.  They loved the car food boxes that they put together for an impromptu demolition derby.

The kids menu was the typical hamburgers and chicken with apple slices, apple sauce or french fries.  The kids ate it all in anticipation of the promised Ruby's shakes!