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7th Annual Christmas with the Critters

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Christmas, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday | 7 comments

  Rancho Wildlife Foundation hosts its 7th annual Christmas with the Critters event for Orange County families. Bring the entire family and enjoy a festive day at the Rancho Wildlife Foundation. There will be a visit from Santa, bounce houses, crafts, live holiday musical performances, and more! You can even watch the resident exotic animals open their Christmas presents, including a Bengal tiger, zebras, African servals and other beautiful animals. Lunch is included with purchase of entrance tickets. When: Sunday December 11th, 
11:00am – 3:00pm Pricing: Pre-sale general adult tickets $15, 3-12 years $10, 2 and under free; sold online. Door general adult tickets $20, 3-12 years $15, 2 and under free Location: Rancho Las Lomas || 19191 Lawrence Canyon
Silverado, CA 92676 Parking: Valet parking is required $8.00 per car. Giveaway!! We are thrilled to be giving away (4)...

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Magical Train Rides to the ‘North Pole’

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016 in Christmas, Giveaways, Holiday | 15 comments

  You and your family are invited to come join us for this annual holiday tradition at the Orange Empire Railway Museum on December 2,3,4. 9,10, 11, 17,18 and 19. Embark on a magical train ride and visit with Santa Claus himself at his North Pole workshop. Ride the train where elves will lead families in Christmas songs, holiday trivia games and story telling. Santa greets the guests as they arrive at the workshop. Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus at a play area where children can experience Thomas train tables, a child-powered roller coaster and crafts. Enjoy holiday treats while waiting to board your train. Train times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m, 5:30 p.m and 7 p.m on Saturday and Sunday, 5:30 and 7 p.m. on Friday. Trains are filling up fast. So it is advised...

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Enter to Win Tickets to Disneyland for a Final Check-out at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Posted by on Oct 10, 2016 in Disney, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 198 comments

 We visited as a guest of Disney The time has come for guests to have their final check-out at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The iconic Disney California Adventure Park attraction will close to the public on January 2nd, and will re-open this summer as Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! The new ride will still have the free-falling fun that your family loves but with an exciting new theme. During Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort families can experience a special celebration at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The Silver Lake Sisters, who once performed at the hotel’s rooftop lounge, will be performing in the lobby of the hotel until October 31st. Guests who arrive at the hotel after dark have an opportunity to experience the ride, unlike anything they’ve experienced before with “Late Check-Out.”...

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PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Events, Family, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 32 comments

  PEANUTS The Great Pumpkin Patch Express is coming to Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, CA this October 15-16 and 22-23.Trains depart for an adventure to the Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch where passengers are greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Snoopy. Family-friendly activities at the Pumpkin Patch include kid’s concert, pumpkin decorating, hayrides, bounce house, face painting, vintage trolley rides and more. Each child may also select their very own pumpkin to take home! Children and adults are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for the trip! There will also be street car and trolley rides and an entire museum to explore. A visit to the Orange Empire Railway Museum is a trip back in time to when trains, conductors, whistles, bells and steam were a part of the way we traveled. Great Pumpkin Patch Express trains depart...

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Aquarium of the Pacific Moompetam Native American Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 8 comments

  Envision what our region was like several hundreds of years ago and learn about the various tribes that maintain their historical connection to the ocean at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Native American festival, Moompetam: Gathering of the Salt Water People. The twelfth annual Moompetam festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, September 17-18, 2016. This event will feature traditional music, dance, storytelling, cultural craft demonstrations, and educational programs. Families will be able to participate in arts and crafts for all ages and other activities inspired by local indigenous maritime cultures. Native American artists will present cultural materials, such as basketry, items of adornment, and artifacts of daily life. Moompetam (pronounced \’mohm peh tahm\), meaning “People of the Ocean,” is derived from the word for saltwater in the Tongva language. For the local, coastal, and island indigenous...

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Win Tickets to Savor Santa Ana

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 6 comments

  Downtown Santa Ana has dozens of top-rated Orange County restaurants within a few blocks. “Savor Santa Ana,” is the epicurean evening that takes you on the town, and it returns on Friday, Sept 16, 5-9 pm. Savor Santa Ana is a walkable, place-based food festival that brings you into OC’s best foodie neighborhood at an unbeatable price (tickets start at $10 for 5 tastes). When you pick up tickets downtown, you will receive a map to restaurants along with their taste menus. Walk to restaurants while enjoying live music, or hop aboard an old-fashioned trolley for free rides throughout downtown. Each restaurant will have a station indoors prepared with tastes ready for you. Grab a taste or drink, chat with the restaurants, and then explore your next destination. Tastes are served to-go, so you can eat while you...

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Irvine Park Railroad 11th Annual Pumpkin Patch

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Family, Featured, Giveaways, Halloween, Holiday | 17 comments

  Irvine Park Railroad’s 11th annual Pumpkin Patch is fun for the entire family! Children and adults are invited to the Pumpkin Patch which is open daily at 10:00 am, beginning September 17th through October 31st. Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional Park in the foothills of Orange, California. The Pumpkin Patch is located in Locomotive Loop and Miner’s Meadow just behind the train station. Thousands of pumpkins, in all shapes and sizes, fill the areas behind the train station. All visitors are sure to find the perfect pumpkin! This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include: Train rides, hay rides, panning for gold, a child-friendly haunted house, a hay maze, a moon bounce, pumpkin ring toss, carnival games, cookie decorating, John Deere tractor racers, face painting, picture stands, great food, and a lot more! New for 2016:...

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The Wild Life Movie Giveaway

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Entertainment, Film, Giveaways | 37 comments

  Looking for a family fun movie to bring the kids to see this month? “The Wild Life” is coming out in theaters on September 9th, and will take your kids on a jungle adventure. What is the movie about? From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise. Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.” No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together. But when two...

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SoCal Boat Show Comes to San Pedro (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Events, Giveaways | 2 comments

  Marine enthusiasts from Southern California will experience the first boating lifestyle event in a reimagined harbor setting when the Southern California Boat Show navigates its way to Cabrillo Way Marina in Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro from Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th. Produced by the Duncan McIntosh Company, the four-day boating event will feature more than 200 new and used boats of all types and price points, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, tenders and paddleboards, along with 80 booths offering the newest accessories and gadgets, educational seminars, as well as a food and craft beer garden celebrating local San Pedro restaurants and breweries. Families will be encouraged to participate in marine activities created especially for little boaters. Admission is $15 for adults; youth 12 and younger accompanied by an adult are free. Military receive...

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Back-to-School Shopping Rewards at Plaza West Covina (Giveaway)

Posted by on Aug 9, 2016 in Deals, Giveaways, Shopping | 61 comments

 Sponsored Back-to-school shopping can quickly put a strain on most family budgets. More and more families are flocking to outlet centers, discount stores, and places where they can earn rewards when doing their back-to-school shopping this year. Plaza West Covina recently introduced a new “Oh, So Simple Rewards” program, so we went shopping at the mall this year to check it out. The mall in readily available off the 10 freeway, and has one of the largest variety of stores I have seen in a local mall. From major department stores to boutique style stores, Plaza West Covina is a one stop shop for the back-to-school season. While I was shopping with my kids at the mall, I was able to score jeans for just $10 a pair at Crazy 8, basic t-shirts for my teen at H&M, and...

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Couples Day Out at the California Beer Festival (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Dining, Events, Giveaways | 4 comments

  Looking for the perfect day date? The California Beer Festival is a great reason to hire a sitter, and spend the day enjoying the best beers in Southern California at Bonelli Park in San Dimas on September 10-11. Celebrating the best microbreweries and craft beers from across the Golden State, California Beer Festival Los Angeles will showcase over 85 ice-cold craft beers on tap, exciting musical performances, a fleet of food vendors and more. Beer enthusiasts and aficionados alike are invited to ride the craft beer movement wave at “Craft Beer Heaven” on Saturday, September 10. Attendees are invited to enjoy refreshing samples of over 85 select ciders and craft beers on tap including Bootleggers Brewery Lagunitas, Firestone Walker, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, and Stone Brewing (to name a few), all for the price of a single ticket....

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Octonauts Live Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Entertainment, Giveaways, Theatre | 3 comments

  Explore. Rescue. Protect! “Octonauts” announced a brand new, action-packed and interactive theatre show for the very first time in the U.S. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure features brand new and fan favorite songs led by the entire Octonauts eight-member crew including Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, as they invite audiences aboard an underwater quest through a world full of adventure, interactivity, and tons of sea life surprises. The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is a high-tech production featuring costume characters and animated projections to a massive screen on stage. Southern California Dates: September 22nd in San Diego at the Balboa Theatre September 23rd in Riverside at the Fox Performing Arts Center The tour comes on the heels of new Octonauts episodes premiering throughout the year on Disney Channel and Disney Junior....

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Thrilling Summer Read – Baby Doll

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 9 comments

 This post is brought to you in partnership with Redhook During the summer, I am always looking for a new book to bring along with me to the beach or pool. I was looking for something a little different to read, and fell in love with the book ‘Baby Doll.’ The minute that I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down, and finished the book in just one day! If you’re looking for a thrilling summer read, I highly recommend checking out the book ‘Baby Doll.’ Book summary: Escape was just the beginning. Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked. This is what happens next… to...

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Helping Pets Beat the Summer Heat

Posted by on Jul 12, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Hot Topics, Parenting | 3 comments

 “This blog post is part of a paid Megan Media and #PetcoGrooming blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.” Our kids love taking care of our golden retriever, Daisy. They get up early every morning to take her outside, give her fresh water, and fill her bowl with food. My kids’ favorite thing to do with Daisy is to give her a weekly bath. Since my kids have always been the ones to give her a bath, I have never tried taking her to a groomer until recently. Since it has been so hot this summer, I wanted to take her to a groomer that would care of her just like us, and cut her hair short so she can have some relief from the summer heat. I let the kids skip their weekly bath...

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Invisalign Helps to Build Teen Confidence

Posted by on Jul 1, 2016 in Family, Giveaways, Health, Parenting | 0 comments

  “I am a member of the Invisalign Mom Advisory Board and my son has received complimentary treatment.” A smile can change everything. Ever since my son had started his Invisalign treatment, I have noticed a huge difference in his self-esteem. He smiles more, is happier, and spends more time with his friends. He is just one year into Invisalign treatment and has one more year before his treatment is complete. Every time that he leaves the orthodontist’s office, he is beaming with happiness from seeing the changes his teeth are making on the digital screens. Do you want to help your teen improve their smile and gain more self-confidence? Invisalign wants to make that happen by giving away smile grants (complimentary Invisalign treatments.) Entering to win is simple! Snap a photo that captures your personality and smile Upload...

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2016 OC Fair Ticket Giveaway

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Events, Giveaways, OC Fair, Summer | 41 comments

  It is time for our favorite summer event to start – The OC Fair! Our family has created some of our favorite summer memories at the OC Fair, and we can’t wait to create more memories again this year. The 2016 OC Fair will happen from July 15th through August 14th, and will be bigger and better than ever. There will be thrilling rides, delicious fair food, and activities galore. Families will need to visit the OC Fair multiple times to experience everything that the family event has to offer. The OC Fair hours are Wednesday through Friday from noon to midnight, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to midnight, and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $10 (general), $7 Senior (6+), $7 Youth (6-12), and children under the age of five are complimentary. If your...

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MLB All-Star FanFest (Giveaway)

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Events, Giveaways | 14 comments

  The largest interactive baseball theme park in the world is coming to San Diego from July 8th through July 12th. MLB All-Star FanFest is a baseball fan’s dream come true – with chances to meet your favorite players, watch legendary games and participate in many events and activities surrounding the All-Star Game. For five days, baseball fans will have the opportunity to: Meet MLB Legends and get free autographs Participate in baseball training drills and test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages View hometown memorabilia and artifacts from Padres’ history, along with a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP Get their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays...

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Aquarium of the Pacific: Pacific Islander Festival Giveaway

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Aquarium of the Pacific, Family, Giveaways, Theme Parks | 11 comments

  Discover and explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium’s 13th annual Pacific Islander Festival. The festival will include traditional craft demonstrations, educational programs, and an ocean of entertainment, including music and dance performances. Enjoy hula, Tahitian drumming, Hawaiian games, island cuisine, and the work of artisans. Hawaiian, Maori, Tahitian, Samoan, Marshallese, Fijian, and Tongan cultures will be featured. WHEN:Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5, 2016, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802 Entertainment Schedule SATURDAY 10:00 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:45 a.m. – Tahitian Performances – Hitia O Te Ra 12:20 p.m. Heritage Award Ceremony 12:55 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. Hawaiian Performances – Halau O Lilinoe 2:30 p.m., 3:10 p.m., 4:00 p.m. Hawaiian, Tahitian, and Maori Performances – Halau Hula a Kawika Laua...

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The Trials of Apollo – The Hidden Oracle (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 41 comments

 “This post is brought to you in partnership with Disney-Hyperion.” The exciting time has come for Rick Riordan fans as he just released his first book ‘The Hidden Oracle’ in his new series ‘The Trials of Apollo.’ When my son first received the book, he couldn’t put it down. He was captivated by the story and immersed into a magical world that the talented Rick Riordan created. What is the book about? After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see...

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Fashion Ambush at Ontario Mills Mall (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Deals, Family, Fashion, Giveaways, Shopping | 1 comment

 Sponsored Ontario Mills is the premier shopping destination in Southern California to find the best deals on fashion. Guests can enjoy added savings during their spring accessories sale currently happening until May 31st. When I heard about the sale, I couldn’t wait to drive to Ontario to score some awesome deals, and I also got to surprise some lucky shoppers with some complimentary accessories! It was the first time that I had done an ambush makeover, and I was a little nervous about what to expect. I checked into guest services, got a couple of $50 gift cards, and started walking around the mall to spot shoppers wearing the current fashion trends (cobalt blue, metallics, florals, and stripes). Surprisingly it was quite challenging for me to find customers wearing these fashion trends in the mall, but I was able...

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