This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Hasbro. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

There is lots of excitement with the release of the new Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. Hasbro will be celebrating the latest Avengers cinematic adventure, with a hero-sized toy line featuring electronic action figures, role-play items and playsets! The movie hits theaters today, May 1st.  Our family is looking forward to watching the film. Just as family entertainment is important to us, so is letting our children pretend and express themselves. These new toys provide lots of opportunity for creative fun.

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Both kids wanted to be Iron Man with the Iron Man Arc FX Armor it lights up and sounds just like the movie.  Just as fun as battling evil like Hulk, with the Hulk Gamma Grip Fists or fighting for good like Captain America with the Captain America Star Launch Shield.

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Role-play toys invite kids to unleash their inner Super Hero – whether they are recreating their favorite on-screen hero or creating their own heroes by mixing and matching items. Plus, channeling a Super Hero not only sparks creativity, but often leads to getting outdoors for some playtime!

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Captain America’s Star Launch Shield was a big hit with both the boy AND girl in our house. It shoots round spinner with a soft rubber edge that will fly over 30 feet from the pull string launch.

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As an added bonus, we included the first ever Spanish language ad for the new Marvel’s Avengers toys.

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Happy Sunday! I’m loving this time year and the longer days. We love getting outside when we can and were a little bummed out that our plans had to be put on hold on Saturday because of the drizzly weather. We had planned on berry picking at the Temecula Berry Company. We had the best time last year and can’t wait to do it again. Berry season kicked off last Friday, April 24th and continues on until June. Plan your picking because you don’t want to miss it!

Temecula Berry Picking is open 7 days a week during the season from 8am to 6pm. It’s a fun outing with the family and will only set you back a few dollars. You pick only what you plan on buying. Last year we only picked half a bucket and I believe we only paid $5. We had a great morning and we spent under $20(we had to buy the local honey, blueberries, and their out of this world blueberry pound cake).

It’s a fun family outing that everyone in your family will enjoy. All you need is to bring some water, some sunscreen, a hat(it gets hot!), and be ready for a good time.  If you’re bringing little ones make sure to either head there early or later in the day to avoid the heat. There are plenty of photo opps and the cutest little farm house with piglets and chickens. The kiddos will love it!

You only pay for what you pick, so think about that when you’re choosing how many buckets to use.  Admission is free, all you have to pay for are the berries you pick. Temecula Berry company accepts only cash or checks. I forgot last time and had to drive out to find a local ATM. Don’t forget to bring that cash.

It’s a great outing with the kiddos and we can’t wait to do it again. For additional info head here.

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We all have a face that we hide away forever and we take it out and show ourselves when every one is gone. Some are happy, some sad, some angry and some mad. Be true to yourself always.

Our picks for April include several films of characters that tried to be someone other than themselves, only to realize that by being true to who they really are is the best way to be. Are there any movies we didn’t think of?

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Our Day at Gems of Pala

Our Day at Gems of Pala

My daughter is a fourth grader and studying California history. She recently finished learning about the California Mission System and is now learning about the Gold Rush. She’s enjoying learning about the Gold Rush and how it transformed California into what it is today. She had mentioned that her teacher had shared  that there was a mining experience in Pala and that she could receive extra credit if she was able to visit. We were looking for something fun to do Saturday morning and decided to head South to the Pala Reservation for a fun outing. We packed a bag with some bottled water and were on our way!

Gems of Pala is located off Hwy 76, and a mile and a half East of the Pala Casino. You drive off a small dirt road and find yourself at the gates of Gems of Pala. We arrived at 11am and ready for some adventure. We walked into the office and were greeted by the owner Blue, who is very friendly and knowledgeable. You pay $20 cash(Cash is only accepted) for a bucket and Blue(the owner) shares about the different gem stones that can be found and what you should look for. We grabbed our bucket and were on our way.

We were led to the tables where another nice gentleman explained how to dig and what to look for. The kids were so excited they almost couldn’t contain themselves. We only bought one bucket, which was the perfect size for two kids and one adult. If you have more than three kids, you might consider buying two buckets. The kiddos filled their bucket and proceeded to sift the dirt away on one of the few tables. It took about an hour and a half to sift through and find our hidden treasures.

We can’t wait to do it again. We spent almost three hours there and had a blast for $20. I can’t remember the last time $20 bought us so much fun! Now that we’ve visited, here are some of the things we won’t be forgetting to make our visit more enjoyable.

  • Bring Cash. There are no ATM’s around except in the casino and you don’t want to have to backtrack.
  • Get there early. It fills up quickly.
  • Bring sunscreen
  • Bring bottled water
  • Be prepared to get a little dirty.
  • Brig a hat to help beat the heat/sun.

Plan accordingly and have a great time. Gems of Pala is only open Friday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm on Sat/Sun and 11am to 4pm on Friday.

Gems of Pala

35940 Magee Rd

Pala, CA 92059

(760) 742-1356

 

 

 

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There are many people and places these days asking for donations these days and we can feel very conflicted over who is most deserving of our donations.  Orange County is a fabulous place to live because we look out for others.  There is an upcoming event I am excited to share because this is a chance for the community to give back to the organizations that most deserve it.

iheartocDid you know the Orange County Community Foundation’s #iheartoc Giving Day that we are sponsoring is Orange County’s first-ever giving day?

April 21st through 22nd = 30 hours to make a difference

OCCF is aiming high with the goal of delivering $2 million to OC nonprofits in a 30-hour period. OCCF is investing $500,000 to establish the bonus pool with a goal of generating an additional $1.5 million in online donations.  Join us from 6 a.m. on April 21 to noon on April 22 and show OC how much you care! #iheartococcomm

You may be thinking, with so many causes asking you to open your wallet, why should you give on #IHeartOCGiving Day?

• Your donation stays local

• Your gift benefits the cause you choose

• You can pool your donation with others from OC who share the passion to help

As part of this fantastic event to give back to OC non-profits, you can win $150 for your favorite OC charity.  There are so many worthy charities, its hard to choose.  This wonderful giveaway is easy for you to participate, just enter below!

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored to raise awareness of #IHeartOC Giving Day. All opinions are my own.

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Taking a game in.

Taking a game in.

 

The boys of Summer are back and our family couldn’t be happier! I have lived in Southern California my entire life and grew up a baseball fan, but only recently have I discovered the fun of minor league baseball.  There are several minor league teams in the area that feed the Angels, Dodgers and Padres as well as some other MLB teams.  The team closest to us is the Lake Elsinore Storm. They originally were a feeder team for the Angels but since 2002, they have been the “Single A” feeder team for the San Diego Padres.  The team plays at the Lake Elsinore Diamond, which is a clean, safe and fun place to watch a game as a family. There are no bad seats in the house and no climbing up steep raked bleachers to reach a seat.

Tickets are $10 – $14 per game.  There are nightly promotions such as all you can eat hot dogs, $1 beer and soda night, Friday night fireworks and giveaways. Additionally, there are contests run throughout the game at the bottom of each inning.  Depending on the night and sponsor, there are also free coupons for food and activities given away at the end of the night.  Stick around for the end of the game, where for $1 a ball, you have the chance to win even bigger prizes by throwing at targets out on the field.

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We’ve had a blast at Storm Games!

A particularly great deal is the $60 Family Four Pack that includes:
Four Box Seats
Four Hot Dogs
Four Small Sodas
Two Arcade Tickets
Coupons to Carl’s Jr., Baskin Robbins, Mulligan Family Fun Center and a free oil change.

You almost make a profit buying the Family Four Pack! It’s a great bargain.

To purchase tickets or to check out the Storm’s schedule head here.

 

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I love sharing outing with the family that won’t cost an arm or a leg. When it involves absolutely no money, it makes me want to run and write a post and share about it ASAP. I shared about this a few years ago and then the tours stopped for a couple of year, but now they’re back for another year.

The Port of Long Beach will be offering hour and a half harbor tours four times a month. The tours will run from April thru September. You have to make a reservation and the tickets fill up quickly so please mark your calendars. April and May tours are filled up, but you can be added to a waiting list or sign up for June and the following months. There are 2 Saturday morning tours on the 1st and 3rd of the month from 10am to 11:30 am. There are also two sunset tours on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7pm to 8:30pm.

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The tours are family friendly and you can even bring your strollers aboard. Complimentary beverages are provided and you are welcome to bring food/snacks for the family. Tickets are only available online. You have to click on the date you wish to go on and refresh that page until the ticket link appears. Tickets are usually gone in 1-2 minutes, so make sure to get there and reserve those tickets!  You can reserve up to 4 seats at a time. An email confirmation will be sent to your inbox. If the tour is full, you can join a waiting list and you will be notified the week of the tour if seating becomes available. Tickets for the following month are available on the first Monday of the month before. Tickets are available at noon on the first Monday of the month.

To receive your tickets and for additional info head here.

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Baseball Family Time!

Baseball Family Time!

 

I have one excited little boy that is counting down the days until Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, on Monday, April 6th. He’s counting down the days until he can a professional baseball game this season. Tickets can be a little pricey and we’re always on the lookout for a good deal. I’ll be sharing over the next couple of days some of the ways you can score good a price on baseball tickets.

The Angels Friends and Family 4 pack is a great deal. The package includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 soft drinks. The family four pack is $64 in View All-Star, Right Field Pavilion, and Terrace Box Wheelchair seating or $56 in Upper View, Lower View Box, and Right Field Pavilion Wheelchair areas.

2015 Angels’ home games to choose from: April 12, 20, 22, 23, 26, May 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, June 1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, July 21, 22, 23, 26, August 3, 4, 5, 9, 17,18, 19, 20, 21, 23, September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

Friends and Family Packs can be purchased here at angels.com and the Angel Stadium Ticket Windows. Start planning your day at the ballpark!

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Mikey’s excited to clear out his closet . We’re taking our clothes to one of our favorite organizations @GoodwillSoCal #FiOSConnectsSoCal . You can also upload a photo on twitter or instagram using #FiOSConnectsSoCal and 1 lucky participant will have a $1000 contribution to the So Cal Charity of your choice!

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The FiOS So Cal Experience is back this year and is connecting you to your favorite local charity with the Verizon FiOS Connects You to Your Favorite Charity Sweepstakes. From now until May 3rd, 2015, you can upload a photo on Twitter or Instagram that illustrates or features your favorite charity or organization . All you have to do is complete the entry form at http://fiossocal.com/sweeps-home/. Then  upload your photo to Instagram, and/or Twitter, and use the hashtag #FiOSConnectsSoCal .   One lucky winner will have $1000 donated to the local charity of their choice.

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We’ve decided to participate and I snapped a photo of my son collecting clothes for one of our favorite organizations, Goodwill of Southern California. I work with students with disabilities and love that Goodwill helps train those with disabilities by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services.

The Sweepstakes is open to 18 and over residents of Southern California. Once you’ve submitted with the #FiOSConnectsSoCal, your photo could be shared on FiOSSoCal.com . Contest ends on May 3rd, 2015 at 11:59pm. Head on over to enter!

 

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Verizon FiOS. However, all opinions are my own.

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Movie Time!

Movie Time!

It’s Spring Break! We’re enjoying the weather and the free time but I have to admit I’ve already heard the cries of what are we doing today? I’m bored!!! One of the things I can always count on to break our “boredom” is to head to the movies.  The movies are usually a good idea but tickets  can add up quickly. A night at the movies has become painfully expensive. With prices hovering over $10 a person, it can really put a dent in your pocketbook. Thankfully we have several dollar/bargain theaters in the Southern California area. There are local dollar theaters in the Inland Empire, LA , Orange and Ventura Counties. I searched and searched and couldn’t find anything for the San Diego area. If you know of one in the area , please email me so I can add it to the list.

We love visiting bargain theaters because they’re inexpensive and if the kids became bored and we need to leave, we are only out a couple of bucks. Family films are particularly popular at these type of theaters, so it’s usually easy to find something for everyone. We’ve had a great experience and I’m sure your family will too!!

Los Angeles County
Academy Cinema – Pasadena – $2 before 6pm, $3 after
Cinemark Movies – Lancaster- $2 before 6pm, $2.40 after, $1.50 all day Wed
Starplex Cinema – La Mirada -$2 before 6pm, $ 3 after

Orange County

Cinema City – Anaheim Hills- First run movies- $5 all day Monday and  Tue, $5 before noon, $7 before 6
Charter Center Theatre – Huntington Beach – $ 3 all day, everyday
Starplex Cinema – Irvine$2 Matinee before 6pm, $3 General Admission after 6pm and 3D films are $4 all day
PictureShow@Mainplace Mall – Santa Ana – $2 before 6, $3 after

Inland Empire
Regency Towngate 8 – Moreno Valley – $ 2.50 before 6, $ 3.50 after
Temeku Discount Theaters – Temecula – $3.75 before 6, $ 4.50 after
Cinemark Cathedral City – Cathedral City – $2  before 6, $3 after

Ventura County
Regency Buenaventura - Ventura- $3.50 all day

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