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Guide to Visiting the Disneyland Springtime Roundup

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Disney, Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 5 comments

  Zip-a-dee-doo-da zip-a-dee-a! My, oh my what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine is heading my way as we made our way to the Disneyland Springtime Roundup! From the moment, that we entered Frontierland, we were greeted with beautiful floral arrangements and plenty of sunshine to go around. The springtime flowers are in full bloom on signs, kiosks and all along the path leading to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree arena. The magical floral masterpiece that caught my eye was a wagon fully decorated in flowers at the entrance to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Arena where the Springtime Roundup is taking place. Once we walked inside the entrance there were different meet and greet character areas, where we had our photos taken with Roger Rabbit, The Easter Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto with his adorable bunny...

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Stained Glass Easter Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Easter, Featured, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

  Easter time in my home is always filled with an abundance of goodies. I love to bake different types of sweet treats to share with our friends and family. These Easter sugar cookies are perfect for any Easter or Spring celebration. Not only are they unique, they are delicious as well. They also make great decorations. These cookies are simple enough to make, that even a non baker will be able to make them with ease. Here is what you will need: Sugar cookie dough (I used Martha Stewart recipe http://www.marthastewart.com/338471/basic-sugar-cookies ) If you use your own dough make sure it is good for sugar cookie cut outs. If the dough is too soft the candy will spill out and not stay inside the desired area.   Egg shaped cookie cutter Small shaped cookie cutters – these will...

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Focusing on the True Meaning of Easter with Children

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Culture, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 2 comments

  My favorite season of the year is Spring. Everything is green and clean, flowers are blooming, that first hit of summer’s warmth usually shines through, but it’s not yet too hot to enjoy being outside without being submerged in water. It’s the perfect time of year. Also, I was married and had both of my children in Spring – all within two weeks of each other (different years of course!) so Spring is a party in this house! Another reason to celebrate in Spring is, naturally, Easter. Brightly colored eggs abound, there’s always a funny looking life-sized bunny somewhere to be found, families gathers for brunch, little girls don pretty pastel dresses and little boys might even clean up in slacks and a tie. But there’s more to Easter than just this. Christians are able to celebrate Easter...

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DIY Alcohol Ink bunny coasters

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Spring has sprung and I just love to be surrounded by Easter eggs, bunnies, candy, family and pastel colored things. I also love art and figured what better time than now to make a fun Easter craft with my kids to celebrate this wonderful holiday. We have done ink dye coasters in the past and they quickly became a favorite of ours. After some trial and error I created these cute artistic bunny coaster that I am sure you and your family will love. Supplies Needed 4 or more 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch ceramic white tiles Adirondack Alcohol Ink (in the colors of your choice) Alcohol blending solution (found right by the alcohol inks in craft stores) Rabbit template from http://imgarcade.com/1/bunny-template/ Using the bunny at the very bottom next to the bunny ears. Black Sharpie marker...

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Spring and Easter Events Happening in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Spring is officially here, and so are all the fun Easter events happening in Orange County this year. There are egg hunts happening all around the OC including a fun flashlight egg hunt, train rides with the Easter bunny, and more. Start planning your April calendar with these fun family events happening this Spring. Disneyland Springtime Round-up Disneyland Park 1313 Disneyland Drive Anaheim, CA 92802 The fun will begin on March 28th in Frontierland in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. All of your kids beloved Disney characters and Mr. Easter Bunny will be there to celebrate the sweets smells of Spring with your kids. There will be music throughout the day where children can do the “bunny hop” with the lively country band. The fun does not stop there! Children can participate in egg decorating, crafts and eat delicious...

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Recipe for Dying Easter Eggs Naturally

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Easter, Health, Holiday | 1 comment

  Two years ago, when I was a brand new Mama of two, in the same week that my three month old got diagnosed with some food sensitivities, my three year old got diagnosed with a food dye allergy. This came at the end of her having nine months of nearly consistent hives, and from our third allergist. While I’ve always prided myself on my families healthy eating habits – we were never the soda and Doritos type of family – needless to say, we couldn’t live with hives all the time, and I obviously didn’t want to constantly medicate my four year old with Zyrtec. With some subsequent research I found that, unfortunately, artificial (think: Red 40) and “natural” (think: annatto) food dye, both of which were causing these negative reactions in my daughter, are in much, much...

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Springtime is Coming to Disneyland

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Disney, Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 Spring is in the air, and Disneyland Park is getting ready for their Springtime Roundup at Disneyland Park. The fun will begin on March 28th in Frontierland in the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree. All of your kids beloved Disney characters and Mr. Easter Bunny will be there to celebrate the sweets smells of Spring with your kids. There will be music throughout the day where children can do the “bunny hop” with the lively country band. The fun does not stop there! Children can participate in egg decorating, crafts and eat delicious treats. The fun starts on March 28th and continues until April 20th at Disneyland Park. Start planning your Springtime visit to Disneyland Park to create unforgettable Springtime...

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Family Guide to the 2014 Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Easter, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Irvine | 15 comments

  It’s that time of the year when the Easter Bunny comes hopping into Orange County for the 2014 Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. The Irvine Park Railroad is our favorite place to bring our children to create unforgettable Spring memories together. The fun starts on Sunday, March 29th through Saturday, April 19th. Egg Hunt The egg hunts start daily at 10am, and families are encouraged to bring Easter baskets to participate in the event. Don’t worry if you forget – Irvine Park will have baskets available for purchase. We recommend purchasing your tickets and getting a wrist band when you first arrive at the park because some of the times will sell-out. Easter Bunny Children are invited to have an interactive one-on-one experience with the Easter Bunny. The Irvine Park Railroad staff will take a professional picture of...

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Easter Egg Hunt for Children with Food Allergies

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Easter, Family, Featured, Holiday, Uncategorized | 1 comment

  One of my favorite things about being a parent is the ability to be spontaneous. My older son dreads Easter egg hunts because of his severe food allergies. He runs around every Easter with his brother and sister collecting plastic eggs and then has to hand over all the treats. We have tried so many different ways to host an egg hunt over the years with toys, stickers and even coins, but it never has the same thrill for him until now. Last night I was spontaneous and decided to try something new, an Easter egg hunt for kids with food allergies, a night glow in the dark egg hunt! The idea came to mind when driving into Laguna Niguel yesterday for baseball and seeing a sign for a flashlight community egg hunt. I thought it was such...

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Pretend City Egg-Cellent Easter Extravaganza

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Easter events are happening all over Orange County, and Pretend City is hosting a fun Egg-cellent Easter Extravaganza on March 30th from 10:30 to 3pm. This is more than just another Easter event, but a time for children to get a full educational experience centered around the holiday. Bring your children dressed in their favorite Easter dresses, suits and hats for all the fun at Pretend City. There will be a special appearance by the Pretend City Easter Bunny himself along with other exciting surprises for children to enjoy. The morning at Pretend City will begin with the “Lil Me Morning” featuring a sensational story time and a large variety of hands on learning. Children will learn about the Easter holiday through story time, songs and activities. Then the fun will continue with the “Good to Go” activity....

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Perfect Family Easter Gift

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 in Dining, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  One of my favorite things about the holiday is spending time with family. Unfortunately, there are some family members who do not live close to us, and cannot spend the Easter holiday with us. For this family members, I have found the Edible Arrangements makes a lovely gift to send to family and friends who cannot spend Easter with us. I surprised the kids last week by ordering a fruit bouquet from Edible arrangements. When they got home from school as saw the chocolate covered Easter bunny and a large variety of fresh fruit, they screamed with delight. They ate the entire basket of fresh fruit in just a couple of hours. The basket had a large variety of fresh fruit perfectly placed on plastic sticks. There is something about eating food on a stick that even the...

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Family Guide to the Irvine Park Easter Eggstravaganza

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  The Irvine Park Easter Eggstravaganza is happening now until March 30th. Everywhere your kids turn, there will be something more to explore. We have a fun family guide on what to expect when visiting the Irvine Park Easter Eggstravaganza this month. The Easter activities are on Saturdays and Sundays starting promptly at 9:30am, and the Wheel of Fun Bike rentals open at 10am. Our first recommendation is to visit the Easter Bunny first. Remember that it is a park, and the kids can get dirty quickly. I will never forget our visit last year when the kids started with the face painting, and my youngest son transformed his face into a skeleton (complete with gushing blood out of the forehead). It was not the most “Easter” friendly picture we have to remember our visit, but we giggle every...

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Easter Festival and Treasure Hunt

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

  The 7th Annual Easter Festival and Treasure Hunt at the Orange County Marketplace is one of the largest Easter events happening in Orange County. We have a huge list of Easter events on our Easter Activities calendar that your family also will not want to miss! This Orange County Market Place event is scheduled for Sunday, March 24th from 9:30am to 2:30pm with the treasure hunt scheduled for 10am. The first 500 kids in line for the treasure hunt will receive a free egg coloring kit and free admission coupons for local attractions. There will be face painting from 9:30am to 1:30pm; a puppet show at 10:30am, noon and 2pm; and the Easter bunny from 10am to 2pm. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras and empty Easter baskets to this family fun event. Admission to the Orange...

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Family Friendly Easter Events in Orange County

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  The Easter Bunny is hopping around Orange County at this fun family friendly Easter Events. Bring your camera, empty Easter baskets and your family to one of these fun and exciting events. Make sure and check-out our monthly events calendar for more family friendly activities happening in Orange County. Orange Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza 1 Irvine Park Rd Orange, CA 92869 The Easter Bunny is here with fun activities for children of all ages through March 30th. Activities include train rides, face painting, cookie decorating, snacks and more. Event tickets are $5 each or 15 for $60, and parking is $5 on weekends. Dana Point Pines Park & Sea Canyon Park 34941 Camino Capistrano & 33093 Santiago Drive Dana Point Come for children’s games, petting zoo, Easter bunny visits and more on Saturday, March 30th from 9am...

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Get Creative on Easter with B. toffee

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in Dining, Easter, Fashion, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Tired of the same old chocolate bunny from the local drug store? Surprise your kids with a unique Easter basket from B. toffee. They just released information about their limited edition Easter Bunny Basket that comes with two 9-oz canisters of B. toffee, a 6oz bag of B. bits, and a special 4oz Easter gift box customized by Betsy Thagard. The Easter gift basket is available for $54.99 (plus tax and shipping). B. toffee also has a large selection of customizable Easter boxes. All Easter orders must be placed by March 22nd to ensure delivery. Orders can be placed via email to [email protected] or by phone at 949-722-9001. “At B. toffee, great toffee is not enough – we want to deliver an experience that is special to each of our loyal customers,” explained Betsy Thagard, who founded B....

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Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza and Giveaway – CLOSED

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013 in Easter, Events, Featured, Giveaways, Holiday, RecentVideos | 30 comments

  Easter is almost here, and the Irvine Park Railroad is preparing the ultimate Easter Celebration for families in Orange County. The Easter Eggstravaganza is on March 9th through the 30th and will be closed on Easter Sunday. The family fun event will be located behind the train station, right inside of the Locomotive loop. Tickets for the various activities are $5 each or $60 for a book of 15 tickets ($15 savings). The different activities will include: Easter Egg Hunt (1 ticket per child) Meet n’ Greet with the Easter Bunny ($10 per visit) Train Rides (1 ticket) Moon Bounce (1 ticket) Hay Ride (1 ticket) Easter Cookie Decorating (1 ticket) Carnival Games (1 ticket) Face Painting (2 tickets) Large variety of food (prices vary) Picture Stands (free) Once families are done enjoying all the Easter activities, the...

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