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Bubblefest is Bigger and Better than Ever

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019 in Events, Featured, Museums | 0 comments

We attended Bubblefest as a guest of Discovery Cube OC Each year Discovery Cube OC has a beautiful bubble exhibit and show called Bubblefest. This show runs now through April 21, 2019. This year’s ultimate laser and bubble show are done by the talented Deni Yang and his equally talented sister Melody. It was her second year doing bubble fest with Deni at the Discovery Cube OC, and I can tell you, it was amazing. I have seen this show many times before, and each time I love it more. There is so much visually to see during the laser and bubble show. My kids have all loved it each and every time we have gone too. While you are at Bubblefest, in the Mega Bubble Courtyard, you can go to different interactive spaces. My kids, husband and I...

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Celebrate the Season at South Coast Plaza

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue There is something magical and exciting going on at The South Coast Plaza. From now until December 24th, you can visit Santa’s Village in Carousel Court. South Coast Plaza really goes all out to give families a great experience. Their Santa is top notch. He is sweet, jolly and charming. If by chance your child is freaked out by Santa ( like my toddler) he is very patient with them, and he tries his hardest to get them happy and calm. The sweet Elf is also great, and my daughter loved her. After you take your pictures, Santa hands you a candy cane. My Daughter was very excited about this. When you walk up to Carousel Court, you will see the beauty within. The Carousel is filled with Santa’s reindeer and...

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The Countdown to Christmas at Pretend City

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Pretend City Children’s museum has a Countdown to Christmas going on right now. Each day leading up to Christmas they will be ”unwrapping” a new holiday activity at the museum. My son and I were invited to a Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus. What a treat this visit was. All the children in attendance had a nice one-on-one conversation with Santa while they ate their pancakes and fruit. They also had hot cocoa and marshmallows to enjoy. Once done eating the children decorated a star for their craft and sung Christmas carols with Santa and Mrs. Claus. We enjoyed this a lot. The kids also were read a story by Mrs. Claus. Just when we thought things couldn’t be better, the kiddos were invited to take pictures with Santa and...

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Majestic Lights at the The Chinese Lantern Festival

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue If you are looking for a visually beautiful experience that is not Christmas lights, look no further, The Chinese Lantern Festival at the Pomona Fairplex is a must-see experience. The Chinese Lantern Festival is open Thursday- Sunday weekly until January 6,2019. At first, I thought the festival was going to be those lanterns you release into the sky, but boy was I wrong. This Festival is not about that at all. The lanterns are huge. They are real works of art filled with bright LED lighting. Everywhere you turn you will see beautifully crafted Chinese lanterns in a variety of shapes and sizes. They have it set up, so you walk down paths and each path brings you to something beautiful. One area my son loved was the Dinosaur area. Here...

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Springtime Memories with the South Coast Plaza Easter Bunny

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in Easter, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Spring has sprung, and Easter bunnies all around are out and about visiting and taking photos with kids of all ages. Some bunnies can be a mix of cute and creepy, but the bunny at the South Coast Plaza is anything but that. This Bunny is amazing! My kids were in love with this bunny. When we got to the mall, we were invited to visit the Kids Atelier Store directly across from the carousel for a private event. They had some tasty treats, a balloon twister and a basket full of goodies for all the kiddos. My son loved the frog piggy bank that he received in his basket. There is a Springtime crafts cart that sells them and some other wooden things for kiddos to decorate for a fee...

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Pretend City Holiday Fun

Posted by on Dec 20, 2017 in Christmas, Events, Holiday | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Pretend City Children’s Museum has a Christmas countdown going on. Each day they will “unwrap” a holiday activity for you and your family to enjoy. Each of these days has a Storytime with a new book read each day. My family and I went to check this Christmas countdown out. All I can say is… What a treat! Everything in Pretend City is lit up and decorated beautifully. You really feel the holiday magic when you step inside. On our visit Pretend City Children’s Museum went all out for us and had a great pancake breakfast with Santa. We got to enjoy this event with a few other families, and it really made my kiddos feel special. I mean what kid would not love a private breakfast with Santa? After we...

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The Perfect Diaper for Little Movers

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Family, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

Sponsored I recently decided to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers to try out on my daughter. These new diapers feature their new moving baby system that gives the diapers 30% more flex. I ordered a size four for my 17-pound 10-month-old daughter. I could have gone with a size three but decided to size up just in case, because it was my first time using the brand. The diapers are very soft. On the outer diaper, they have an adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse print. Down the middle, there is a Huggies wetness strip that changes color to indicate a wet/soiled diaper – I really love that feature. The Huggies wetness strip saves my daughter from the dreaded diaper checks that she dislikes. Another great addition to these diapers is the Double Grip Strips. They hold the diapers tabs...

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Holiday Inn Summer of Smiles

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue Holiday Inn hotels and Scholastic have teamed up for their first ever “Summer Of Smiles” program. They began the fun family program in June at select Holiday Inn hotels. At the hotels, they will have different activities and Character breakfasts for families to enjoy. We were invited to come check out the activities at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Anaheim. Right as we walked into the lobby, we were fully immersed in the excitement. They had Clifford The Big Red Dog and Geronimo Stilton doing meet and greets with the kids. Each family in attendance was given a Polaroid picture in a frame of their visit with the character. Children were also given a book to keep them reading all summer long. My daughter received a Clifford book, and my son...

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Simplifying Carpooling with the mifold Booster Seat

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

Sample received I do not know about you, but my life is hectic. I have four kids and do school carpool and extracurricular activities with my kids and their friends. Kids are in and out of my car on a daily basis. Lugging around booster seats is not very convenient, so I first purchased a blow-up booster seat. It worked well, but I had to be the one to buckle the kids in and unbuckle them because none of them could ever get the seatbelt out of the belt path. It was frustrating to the kids and to me. I was recently given the mifold Grab-and-Go Booster Seat to try out that are available in different colors. We got a very nice blue one. It has also been regularly crash tested and meets or exceeds the Federal Motor Vehicle...

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Family Fun at Babychella

Posted by on Mar 17, 2017 in Events | 0 comments

The sun was shining, and it was such a perfect day for a festival. My kids and I went to Babychella, which is a family art and music festival geared towards the five and under crowd, but enjoyed by all ages. My four kids ages 12, 10, 4 and two months old all found something they enjoyed. My older two children liked watching the band School Of Rock, my 2-month-old liked all the colorful things hanging around, and my four-year-old loved all the hands-on activities plus the sing-alongs. The event was held at the William R. Mason Regional Park in Irvine. Right in the middle of this big park was where all the fun took place. When we first arrived we watched a band play; then we headed over to the food trucks. My Kids always seem to be...

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Hands-Free Pumping with Freemie Collection Cups

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Family, Health, New Baby, Parenting | 0 comments

Sample received I just had my fourth child and now my days are jam packed with kids activities, homework and play dates. All while juggling my newborn’s needs it leaves little time for pumping after nursing to have a decent supply of breast milk in my freezer. I looked online to find something to help me with this problem. I tried a hands-free nursing bras which never held up my pump part enough, so I still had to use my hands which defeated the purpose of being hands-free. I was recently given Freemie Collection Cups by Nuk to review along with a Simply Natural Newborn Gift Set, and it changed my pumping routine for the better. With the Freemie Collection Cups, they say that you can pump discreetly anywhere with these cups, so I gave it a shot. I...

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Epic Animal-Free Family Fun Circus

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the venue Get ready for some fun under the big blue and yellow circus tent. Circus Vargas has debuted their new show iLUMINOUS, and it is fun and eye catching, and animal-free. They have successfully mixed death-defying stunts with stories, techno lights, and music to create a one of a kind show that everyone is sure to enjoy. During the show, guests will see some incredible acts. It’s a smaller circus, so, in my opinion, every seat in the house is a good seat. We had some fantastic seats that were in the front row of seats behind the ringside seats. For some of the higher acts like the Trapeze, I believe it is easier to see them from seats that are not right next to the circus ring. If you are used...

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A Day in the Life of a Clown

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the circus Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a clown? I have numerous times, and this thought comes popping into my head as an adult every time I go to the circus. My love of clowns is enormous. It all started when I was a little girl, and my very first clown memories were of my bedroom. My Dad had built furniture to make it look like a Circus. He had Christmas lights strung on the bookshelf and all my furniture was painted with stripes. My Grandmother made my bedding, and it was adorned with circus animals all over it, and my walls were full of fun clown paintings that our artist neighbor had painted. I loved my room. Clowns were my very favorite. It was fun, and my...

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Presents Circus Xtreme

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Events | 1 comment

We attended as a guest of the circus The Circus is in town; the Circus is in town! Yes, I am slightly excited. My family and I had such an amazing time last year that we decided to make the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus a family tradition. When they are in town, we will go. This year’s tour is called Circus Xtreme. It showcases a bunch of acts that are sure to give the audience a huge dose of extreme excitement. I know my whole family thought it did just that. When you go, you can view the animals before the show. This year we missed it because the traffic was horrible. If you plan to go to this make sure you check the traffic reports to be sure you do not need to leave extra...

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Discovery Cube OC Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of DSC Something wonderful has happened at the Discovery Cube OC! They just opened up the new expanded area to the public and my family, and I was invited to join in the fun. Our day started with a walk down the red carpet at the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. I must admit this was very exciting as I had never gone to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony before until now. For the first hour or so we were able to mingle with the other guests and enjoy a spread of delightful little breakfast appetizers. Once all the guests arrived we were asked to take our seats and the festivities begin. We first heard from John Adams the President and CEO of the Discovery Cube Orange County. He talked about the original opening...

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Summer Learning Made fun with ABC Mouse

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Education, Family | 0 comments

Complimentary download received I have seen many people talk about ABC Mouse, and I have viewed many commercials on television talking about it. I always wondered how well a site like this worked, but the price tag always kept me away. I thought we were doing just fine using other free websites and Apps, and now I can say that I was 100% wrong! You do get what you pay for with ABC Mouse. The layout is very child-friendly, and the content inside is superior to those other learning sites. Since the very first day, we started this site my son has asked and begged to play. He is just about to be two and a half, and his attention span was very limited, but over the past two months he has begun to sit still and learn for...

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Pavion Park in Mission Viejo

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Mission Viejo, Parks | 0 comments

I had been hearing a lot of buzz over this local park in Mission Viejo. My husband and I decided to check it out with our toddler. When we pulled up there was plenty of street parking and it was shaded by the trees along the street. We got out of the car and from the minute we set foot on the playground my toddler was in heaven! The colorful cushioned rubber ground was really nice. It was decorated in a floral motif and had vivid colors all around. I liked this because sand is usually very messy and gets all over the place. If your child loves sand, have no fear they incorporated a little sand area with some fun sand scoopers built right in. There is so much to see at this park. One of the things...

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Billy Beez: New Ultimate Playtime Destination in Anaheim

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Birthday Parties, Family, Featured | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Billy Beez A new indoor playground has opened up in Anaheim at the GardenWalk. This place is amazing! When we first got to Billy Beez, we were met by staff members who walked us through the check in process. The staff placed wristbands on everyone in our party. It does not matter if you are two weeks old or 100 years old, they will give everyone a wristband that will match a card, which you will need to exit. It is a great safety measure to ensure the child with you, should be with you. Once you are let in through the gate by the front counter, families are free to roam around and play. There is no age limit on playing at this very family-friendly place. They just ask that toddlers and...

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A Fabulous Day at The Flower Fields

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Events, Featured, San Diego, Staycation, Travel | 1 comment

We visited as a guest of the Flower Fields My husband, son and I visited The Flower Fields in Carlsbad. We were there as part of a special media tour. It was very fun and informative. We learned many new things about The Flower Fields that we had never known before today. These things were shared by Paul Ecke III (the Ecke Family started the flower fields) and also by the General manager of The Flower Fields Fred Clark. Our Journey through The Flower Fields started on an antique tractor ride. Once we boarded the tractor our tour began. We headed towards the field furthest away from the tractor start. The Ranunculus are planted sequentially so that the first bloom start all the way on the field to the left and then move towards the right as the weeks...

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Bubblefest Returns to the Discovery Cube Orange County

Posted by on Apr 4, 2015 in Events, Featured, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of DSC Bubblefest the most POPular event to come to The Discovery Science Center is back! For the past few years my family has missed this event and every year we say we will go next year. The time had come and we finally went. I must say I am very happy we waited until this year. The expansion to the Museum is great and they now have a new area for the kids to play outside. The bubble show is in a new theater this year. It was very nice and the seats were very comfortable. The show runs around 45 minutes, so the comfy chairs were great. When we got in the theater the kiddos were seated on the floor in a large rectangle area that was marked off. They were asked...

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Gustafer Yellowgold at the Segerstrom Samueli Theater

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Entertainment, Theatre, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the Segerstrom Gustafer Yellowgold is a friendly little guy who came from the sun and landed in a lake in Minnesota. He has been entertaining kids and adults for the past few years and today we were lucky to see what he was all about. Morgan Taylor is the illustrator and singer behind this fabulous show and all its characters. You not only get the great visuals on screen, but the musical journey he and his band take you through is great as well. Along the way we met Slim and Forrest Applecrumbie. These are very funny characters that Gustafer Yellowgold interacts with in the songs. During the show Morgan gets the audience to sing, clap and have some interaction with the characters. The songs are very catchy and easy to understand. I...

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Where can Metrolink take you?

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Staycation, Travel | 0 comments

We traveled as a guest of the Metrolink Metrolink makes going anywhere, anytime Saturday or Sunday cost-effective and very fun. We recently took a trip on the metrolink to San Juan Capistrano using a special ticket they gave us to promote their Unlimited Weekend Pass. For 10 dollars you can get one of these Unlimited Weekend Passes. With this pass you can go anywhere that Metrolink travels.This was our first trip taking the Metrolink, and I will say we were all around very impressed. Finding our destination was very easy with their online site,it had great ideas on where to go. Once we chose where we were going to go, all we had to do was look up times and then drive to the station and board our train. Our kids found this very fun. They loved being able...

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Cooking Made Simple with Sous kitchen

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Dining, Family, Recipes, Shopping, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Review product received Have you ever felt like not preparing dinner for the night, but were tired of take out? I have felt this way many nights. We end up with pizza most times, but now there is a new way to combat that scenario. Sous Kitchen is a company that you can go to their website and order pre prepped, ready-to-cook meals. They ship them right to you door. How awesome is that? It is very simple to sign up and order. Once you do this there will be a scheduled delivery. Mine was on a Thursday which was perfect right before the weekend.   The meals are shipped in a box with a cooler and dry ice which keeps the food frozen you either thaw it to cook or you put it in your freezer for a...

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Sunglasses for you baby and child!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 1 comment

review product received Wow! These adorable aviator sunglasses are not only stylish, but they are durable and protect your little ones eyes. We received a pair and they have been an accessories that my son has loved. He never used to leave sunglasses on, but these sunglasses he is happy to wear and he does not like to take them off. When we go out and he wears them, we get a lot of attention. People are always commenting at how adorable he looks in them. I love that they are keeping his eyes safe. Babiators come in a wide variety of colors and prints. We chose the zebra print in the polarized sunglasses. They have original and even goggles an RX glasses. All of them are so adorable. The Babiators sunglasses come in 2 sizes-Junior, which fits most...

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Keeping Toddlers Active at The Little Gym Tustin

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Parenting | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Little Gym Does your little one need to get their wiggles out? Are you tired of frequenting local parks, have you been wanting to try out a gym with your kids, but a big gym seems overwhelming or are you just in the mood for a little more one on one interaction with your kids? If you have answered yes to any of these questions like I have, then The Little Gym in Tustin would be a great place to visit. If you have a child 4 months old up to 12 years old, The Little Gym Tustin has classes to fit your needs. The best thing about this is they offer a free introductory class to try it out, so you are able to participate and decide if it will fit your...

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Disney On Ice Presents Let’s Celebrate! at The Honda Center

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Disney, Events, Featured, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of Feld Entertainment I do not even know how to begin to tell you all what a fantastic show this is. We were invited to watch it on opening night. From the very second this show started my family was in love. First you are taken into a Very Merry Unbirthday with the Mad Hatter, Alice, Mickey,Minnie,Donald,Daisy,Goofy and Pluto. This was a fun start, but as the show went on the fun increased. Not only did you see the ice skaters and characters ,but there was a big screen projecting stuff. During the show the Characters would go up in front of the screen and do little skits that would lead you into another performance on the ice. Disney has a way with telling a good story and they managed to do this well...

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Reindeer Tea Light Ornament

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Christmas, Crafts, Holiday | 0 comments

As a child I always found Rudolph so magical. A reindeer with a glowing nose, what’s not to love about that? Santa is always number one for Christmas, but next to him this adorable red nosed reindeer is sure to be the top on the lovable scale. I made this reindeer tea light ornament to give my family a little glowing treat. It is easy to make and is sure to be a favorite. Here is what you will need: Battery operated tea light candle(s) Red paint Brown paint Black puffy paint Paint brush 8 mm Wiggle eyes 3/8 inch Red ribbon Scissors Brown or gold pipe cleaners 12 mm bells Glue gun Glue sticks Directions: 1. Dip the tip of the candle flame in red paint. 2. Paint around the sides and top of the candle brown 3....

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Magical Music with Fantasia: Music Evolved

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Disney, Tech | 0 comments

Review copy received Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved is a Rhythm game from the same people who made RockBand. We surprised my son with a brand-new xbox one for his birthday along with the game Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved. What I first noticed about the game was the amazing selection of music. Not only do you get to play with classical music, you also get to play with some modern contemporary music too. I love that they used both. It is wonderful to introduce children to a wide variety of music and Disney did this well with Fantasia: Music Evolved. Once we opened the case and placed the disk in, we were met with a short update for the game. It only took two and a half minutes (yes I timed it). After the update we were free to begin....

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Discovery Cube Comes to Los Angeles

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Activities, Events, Museums, Staycation, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Discovery Cube For more than 25 years the Discovery foundation has been impacting the lives of children in Orange County and now they will start with Los Angeles with the opening of the Discovery Cube Los Angeles. On November 13, 2014, families and school’s will be able to visit the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in the Hanson Dam Recreational Area in Lake View Terrace neighborhood which is the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley. Guests will be delighted to see some updated versions of the popular exhibits that are at the Discovery Cube Orange County, but they will also see some amazing new attractions. They like to say DCLA is not Your Grandmother’s Science Center, it is technologically more advanced. There are more than 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits for...

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Fall Stamped Clay Charm Necklace

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Crafts, Halloween | 0 comments

My family and I are big on crafting. We spend many hours together making stuff. It is something we love to do together as a family. Every holiday I like to do a quick themed craft with my kids. Since fall has come, I decided to make some stamped necklaces for Halloween. These are very simple to make and it is something any child can do. My 7 year old was my helper and we made these pretty quick. These do not have to be perfect, just spending time with your kids letting them be creative is a wonderful gift. Here is what you will need: Sculpted clay Stamps String,yarn,chain or anything you would like to hang your clay charm on Jump rings and clasps (if you want to hang on a chain) Scissors Pliers (if using jump rings)...

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Legendary Family Day at the Circus

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of the circus Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town. On opening night, my family and I, visited the Circus for the first time. This is surely going to be a night I will never forget and here’s why… We started out by visiting the Animal Open House before the show. Behind security enclosures and fencing are all the animals that are in the show for you to see. My favorite was the Elephants, and my kids loved the Lion and Tigers. This before the show attraction is free to anyone who has purchased a ticket for the Circus and it takes place 90 minutes before the show. It did get a little crowded,so if you have small children it may be a bit hard for them to see anything because...

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Celebrate Summer with Casey’s Cupcakes

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of Casey’s Cupcakes Summertime screams sweet treats and fresh flavors. What better way to celebrate summer than with a delicious Casey’s Cupcakes (or two)? For a limited time you can try one of Casey’s Cupcakes 3 summertime creations. The decadent banana cupcake (June’s flavor of the month) known as Brilliant Banana, is a Banana Cake that has a not too sweet banana cream pudding filling inside. The cake to filling ratio is wonderful and it is topped with whipped cream frosting and decorated in yellow sprinkles that are as bright as the summer sun. If that were not enough, it also has some banana Runts on top and edible glitter dusted on. Not only is this cupcake amazing in the flavor department, but it also wins for being appealing to your eyes. My Husband...

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Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of DSC Calling all science fans, The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana has a treat for you. They just unveiled their new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. If you are a fan of the show you will love all the awesome props that are displayed in this exhibit. If you have never watched a single episode of MythBusters have no fear, you too will love the exhibit. This exhibit is chalked full of some great hands on displays to get your scientific mind going. The cool thing is you will have a great time while “mythbusting” along the way. My husband, our three boys and I were lucky enough to go to a viewing of this very hands on exhibit. Upon entering the exhibit we were quite impressed. The Discovery Science Center has made the exhibit look just like...

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Adventures in Breastfeeding

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

Let me first start by saying that this is *not* a story on thinking breast is best or that breastfeeding is superior to formula feeding families. I fully support any way a parent chooses to feed and nurture their baby. This is just my very personal journey into the land of breastfeeding. I thought I would share to show others that they are not alone in all the ups and downs of nursing. 10 years ago I never set out to be a breastfeeding mom. I quite honestly was not on board with it at all, but once my sweet little Sterling was born and the nurse placed him on my chest and asked if I was going to nurse him, so I decided to give it a try. I had no idea what the heck I was doing...

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

The circus is coming to The Honda Center from July 25th through August 3rd with an all-new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® performance. The show will feature over 100 performers from 25 countries, and more than 85 animals. The show will have all-new acts this year including: China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms. Debuting this year for...

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Eo’s Everyone bath soaks

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

After a long day with my 3 boys, I am often left feeling tired, a little sore and overworked. I am sure most parents with children can relate. The way I reduce my stress and unwind is by taking a hot bath nightly. I always look forward to this time. I wait until all my kids are tucked in bed for the night and I slip away into my own little peaceful world…just me and my bath. I always add some bubbles or salts to give me the added element of relaxation and peaceful serenity. I am always looking for products that can achieve a peaceful and relaxing state. The new line of products from EO did both of those things plus had some added benefits. I was given all 4 of the New Everyone bath soaks to test...

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Keeping Your Kids Protected this Summer with Panama Jack

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

Panama Jack sent over some samples and I was eager to give them all a try. My family has very pale skin, so we go through mass amounts of sunscreen yearly, but we had never given Panama Jack a try. Here is my honest review of all 5 Panama Jack products I was given. Continuous Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 15 – This sunscreen is great. I used it numerous times and every single application was perfect and I never had to rub it in (yippie for no sunblock hands)! The spray dries very quick and is not greasy plus it goes on evenly, I loved that about this spray. The continuous spray does not rub off easy either, you need to actually wash it off your body. I found that it has an amazing tropical scent that I really...

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National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Crafts, Education, Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

The launch of the National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge had my sons creative gears spinning. He loves to explore and learn new things. This engineering challenge is perfect for him and he is so excited to participate in it. Engineering has recently become one of his main focuses. He has been learning about electronics in school and he has been learning a lot of stuff on his own with an electronics set he received for Christmas. The love of learning started very young for him. He has always been enamored with the way things worked or how things were put together. This exploration challenge is a great way for him and his brother to explore new and exciting challenges together, all while learning in the process. I think this is a win-win situation all around. From now until May...

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DIY Glow in the Dark Star Wars Light Sabers

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Crafts, Featured | 1 comment

The fabulous Southern California weather is upon us, my family tends to spend many hours outdoors swimming and playing ball, but what gets all 3 of my kids excited and together is blowing bubbles. They can play with bubbles for hours. These shimmering orbs are timeless. I still love blowing bubbles with my kids now, just as much as I did as a child blowing them for myself. With the cast of Star Wars Episode VII just announced, what better time to make a Star Wars themed craft with bubble wands for outdoor imaginative play. They resemble Lightsabers and if you add a glow stick they light up! Your children can blow bubbles during the day and have a glowing lightsaber at night, long after the bubbles have been used up. Here is the simple way to create your...

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DIY Peeps Floral Arrangement

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Holiday | 1 comment

Springtime is full of beautiful blooming flowers and all the stores are stocked full of Peeps candies for Easter. I figured I would combine both to make a very easy DIY floral arrangement. This is something that takes little time to complete, so even a beginner crafter will be able to wow people with it. If you do not want to use the grass you can also use jellybeans or other little candies in the vase as a filler. The whole point in making crafts, is creating something that you like. Never worry about changing stuff to suit your style. I am a trial and error kind of crafter. I am always changing things up to fit my needs and likes. This is how I have created some of my favorite things. Supplies needed: 5 boxes of bunny shaped...

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Easter Bunny Egg Necklaces

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

I don’t know about you, but every year I seem to be inundated with a bunch of leftover plastic Easter eggs. I am always trying to find creative ways to use them up. Last year we did a nighttime glow in the dark egg hunt. This year I decided we would decorate the plastic eggs. Make them into something we could give away to friends and also put into Easter baskets. This craft is not only fun to make it is fun to eat. I love edible crafts! Here is what you will need: Plastic Easter eggs (with 2 holes at the top) small or large size. We used large eggs to stuff more goodies inside Pipe cleaners Sharpie marker Adhesive google eyes Adhesive gems or stickers to decorate Pom Poms Thin yarn or string Glue dots or hot...

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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 ears...

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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 be...

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All-Star Chef Classic Presented by Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

My family and I were invited to attend the All-Star Chef Classic with Melissa’s Produce held in Los Angeles at the L.A. LIVE Events Deck. This event was a three day foodie extravaganza, and we attended the third day for their Kid Zone event to bake Fonuts with acclaimed Chef Waylynn Lucas. You may know her from the Bravo Tv Show “Eat Drink Love.” Chef Lucas is also co-owner of Fonuts in West Hollywood California. Our journey to foodie bliss was about to begin. We checked in and we were immediately escorted into the event. Let me just say, A Mama can get used to this! My kids were feeling like little stars. They donned their little black chef aprons and media badges while walking down the blue carpet in style, stopping only to have their pictures snapped at...

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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 Q...

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Pretend City Opens New Bayou Cafe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Events, Museums | 1 comment

Dawn attended a guest of Pretend City Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine held its Grand Opening of their newest exhibit, The Bayou Cafe. I was eager to check this out with my little boy. When we arrived we were greeted by their very friendly staff. They were all dressed in festive attire, perfect for their Mardi Gras celebration. Once checked in we were escorted through The Gateway. It was adorned with decorations bringing you right into the Mardi Gras spirit. If you have never visited Pretend City with your children, you should definitely check it out. This Museum is approximately 28,000 square feet of perfection for the young and old alike. Children can roam around a city made just for them. The many themed exhibits are scaled down to their size. A road goes around the city where your...

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: DIY Leprechaun Wreath

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Crafts, Family | 0 comments

I am sure by now you all know or have heard the old Irish legend about the “pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.” Here is a cute craft you can make to have your very own Leprechaun’s wreath inspired by the legend. Of all the St. Patrick’s Day Craft I’ve made, this is very easy to make. My 7 year old son and I made this for St. Patrick’s Day and it is proudly displayed on our door greeting our visitors. We had fun making and designing it and hope you all enjoy it too. Supplies needed: 1 paper plate 5 or 6 pipe cleaners to make a rainbow. (we left blue out) 8 inches of ribbon (your choice in color/pattern) Green yarn 3 plastic gold coins 6 white pom pom’s or cotton balls 1 printed...

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Luck of The Irish St. Patrick’s Day Matching Game

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Crafts, Featured, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

With Saint Patrick’s Day coming upon us. I was trying to think of a way to incorporate a little game time fun into a craft my kids and their friends would enjoy. For as long as I can remember my kids have loved matching games. We have purchased countless games sporting all their favorite cartoon characters and numerous themes. Those games became my inspiration. I knew if I could come up with my own easy to make version, my children would jump at the chance to play. This would be the perfect opportunity to have some one on one time with my older boys and at the same time it would let my creative juices flow. This is a win-win situation in my household. After brainstorming a bit I came up with this easy to make Luck Of The...

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Love Hate Relationship with the Sippy Cup

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Family, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

When I think sippy cups I think 2 things… Love and hate. I love the fact that they give my child the freedom to be off of a bottle or breast, but as you all might have guessed the hate part is cleaning small hard to reach pieces and the many spills and leaks from so called non spill cups. I am happy to announce I have finally found the one non spill miracle straw sippy cup from Tommee Tippee. The explora non spill straw cup is amazing. This cup comes in a 9 ounce size that is perfect for your toddler. The explora straw cup has a flexible silicone straw that you can cover with its built in flip-top lid. This lid takes a bit of muscle to flip open. My 15 month old could not open it,...

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