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!!
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
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
Regency Buenaventura - Ventura- $3.50 all day
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I love shopping for my kids. If I could I would head out each weekend. The problem is I never have the time to go out and spend a few hours at the mall. Enter FabKids. It’s shopping for kids, made easy. There are two ways to shop and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. You can get a regular membership and shop all outfits at regular price or you can get a VIP membership and have a personalized outfit pick for your kiddo by the FabKids stylists.
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Spring is here! We’re in the middle of a two week long Spring Break and loving every minute of it. It’s a time to enjoy the outdoors, make memories and yes even get our home organized.
I have to admit that this year I’ve been a little worried about Spring Break because I’ve made some huge changes in my life. Back in December, I committed to losing weight and getting healthier. It’s been 3 months and I’m happy to report that I’m down 45lbs and 54 inches! I still can’t believe it. The thing is I really haven’t made drastic changes. I’ve just swapped some of my favorite things for healthier alternatives. I definitely look at sugar content, eat plenty of fruits/vegetables, and try to commit to eating the best I can.
I have a routine and I’ve been a little nervous about breaking that routine. I decided that I needed to arm myself with little indulgences that wouldn’t make me feel guilty. That’s why I decided to swap sugar with Splenda in recipes.I’ve made a choice to reduce full sugar and calories in my recipe with SPLENDA® . I wanted to share my absolute favorite treat. If I’m really craving something sweet, this is my go to recipe. I used the Splenda Sugar Blend because that’s the sweetener I prefer, but it works great with regular Splenda.
Easy Peasy Cheesecake
- 2 – 8oz packets of cream cheese
- 2 Greek yogurts (plain or strawberry-I used a strawberry one)
- 1/4 cup Splenda
- 9 in graham cracker crust
- 1 cup of sliced strawberries for topping
- In a large bowl or mixer whip cream cheese, splenda, and yogurt.
- Blend until fluffy. I set my mixer to two minutes on medium speed.
- Spoon mixture into pie crust.
- Add sliced strawberries as topping.
- Chill for a few hours until firm
To check out delicious recipes or to learn more about swapping sugar with Splenda head on over here.
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We have one more day of work/school and then we are off for two weeks. Over the next couple of days we’ll be posting some great ideas for activities that won’t break the bank. Here are some great places to go for little $! All you need is a tank of gas, some parking and food and you are ready to roll! Have fun!
- California Science Center/Air Space Exhibits – Free Admission (parking is $10.00 and there is a McDonald’s on the ground floor of the Center)
- OC Zoo- Pack a picnic!! $2.00 plus Irvine Regional Park admission is $3.00
- The Boone’s Children’s Gallery at the LACMA- Free Admission with NextGen membership, which is free and available to kids 17 and under.
- Centennial Farm – Absolutely Free and your kiddos will love learning about farm animals.
- A visit to the Skirball Cultural Center- Free on Thursdays
- Free Admission to the Paleontology Museum in Claremont on Wednesday
- La Brea Tar Pits- Free Admission the first Tuesday of the month
- Enviromental Nature Center- Free Daily
- National History Museum of Los Angeles County- Free Admission Tuesday-except in Summer
- Kidspace Children’s Museum-Free Admission on Family Night Free Admission
- Griffith Park Observatory- Free Admission
- Travel Town Museum – Griffith Park- Free Admission
- Santa Ana Zoo after 2pm- discounted admission
- Cabrillo Aquarium- Free- A little gem of an aquarium!
- Getty Center- Free Admission -($10 for parking)
- Getty Villa- Free Admission with Reservations ($10 for parking)
- Roundhouse Aquarium- Free
- Fullerton Arboretum- Free
We are a busy family with one kids busy with baseball three times a week and another with running club and soccer practice. We seems to only slow down on Sundays and even that day usually ends up pretty busy for us. While fast food can often seem like the easiest option, it is far better for everyone when we can prepare ahead of time and pack some good snacks. Honey Maid Go Bites feature 5 grams of protein per serving, which means they are a better source of energy than your typical sugar filled treat. These are fantastic to pack into baggies and take along all of your Spring Break activities in these coming weeks!
With vanilla and chocolate flavor, these snacks will please even the pickiest snackers.
These little snacks provide the protein and 7 grams of whole grains with a delicious taste that helps fuel our on-the-go family. We have seen them available at Vons, Albertsons and even Walmart. Your location grocery is sure to stock them as well near the the Honey Maid graham crackers. I’m not exaggerating when I say my kiddos really enjoy these Go Bites. My daughter prefers the vanilla flavor and my son would have eaten the entire box of chocolate flavor if I had not made him save some for later!
This Sunday, at the OC Marketplace inside the OC Fairgrounds is their 9th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival. From 10 to 4 PM there will be entertainment, a blood drive, games and crafts, free face painting and more. Admission is just $2 for adults and free for children 12 and under. This Sunday, bring a pair of used eyeglasses to donate and receive free admission. You can find more information here.
I can’t believe another year has passed, but Bubblefest is back, March 28 – April 12, 2015! We never miss this show. Bubblefest returns to Discovery Cube OC with Bubble Scientist, Deni Yang and his world-famous “Mega Bubble Show!” World-renowned for unique and stunning artistry, the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show features new and exciting tricks including smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and more.
- Showtimes: 9:30 am*, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm
*member show – Members, get your tickets for the 9:30 am show for just $4!
- Be sure to check out this fun zones:
- Bubble Zone – An outdoor, hands-on bubble area where kids can create giant bubbles and learn about the science behind the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show!
- Inflatable Play Zone
- 5 & Under Play Zone – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.
$7 Show tickets required for Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
It seems as Americans we are always running from dawn’s first light until well after sunset, we don’t stop. Nutrition is an important thing to consider as we are running around during the day. This includes getting breakfast and something healthier than a donut. I wrote earlier this week about the importance of eating good foods and I have another fiber and protein rich grab and go snack, Honey Bunches of Oats Breakfast Biscuits. These are great to pack on our weekend daytripping too.
Here are a couple of tips from our experience, to be sure the kids (and hubby) get breakfast to start the day:
- We have begun waking up a little earlier so they have enough time to eat breakfast before rushing out the front door.
- In addition to preparing school lunches the night before, we also layout breakfast ahead of time, (perishables are kept in the fridge).
- Twice a week, my kiddos participate in their running club at school. Following their run, they eat a hot breakfast from the school cafeteria.
We have tried all three flavors, each are delicious. I must say, the strawberry flavor was the first box to become empty. I also want to say, that it tasted like real strawberry, not some artificial flavoring. These are made with real ingredients, including the chocolate and honey. I was truly impressed with the real taste! Check out Honey Bunches of Oats on Facebook.
In 2014, the Kids Expo in Orange County was completely overhauled into something even better, it’s now called Imaginology, Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, April 24 – 26th at the OC Fairgrounds.
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Kids all ages, from 3 to 18, are invited to showcase their talents with both individual and group project competitions. There are all kinds of exhibits and hands-on activities for everyone. Did I mention, it’s free?
Somethings to look forward to:
- Watch milking and oxen team demonstrations
- Take a FREE tractor pulled wagon ride
- Experience the Bug Barn
- See a real worm farm
- Plant seeds and make terrariums
- Pet baby chicks and petting zoo animals
- Play farmer in the Pretend Farm
- Learn leather-stamping
Visit the Imaginology Action Gallery & learn more about S.T.E.A.M.
- Create hand crafts with free art-making materials
- Get your hands dirty and make a pinch pot
- Play with science and engineering toys
- Exhibit science-related art and craft projects
- Paint a pet portrait
- Experience sewing on a sewing machine
- Compete in a chess tournament or learn
how to play
- Earn prizes in a scavenger hunt
Like most young American families, our life Monday through Saturday is go-go-go! I leave very early to head to my teaching job, while my husband, who works very close to home, is responsible for getting the kids up and dressed and out the door. You would think by now that we would be organized and do things like prepare lunches ahead of time, the night before. So far, this is only an occasional occurrence and lunches get hastily prepped 10 minutes before heading out the door. Because of this, having healthy but convenient snacks are a must.
My kids are picky, so it can be challenging finding healthy food and treats for their lunch. It doesn’t help that they also have an every changing sense of things the will and won’t eat for lunch. These days, having them buy lunch at school is not much of better option with most of the school lunches being loaded with carbs. It is important to be to be able to fill them up with food that is filling and not just a filler.
New Honey Maid GoBites are crispy pockets with delicious fillings delivering protein and whole grains. These little snacks provide the protein and 7 grams of whole grains with a delicious taste that helps fuel our on-the-go family. We look forward to trying both the chocolate and vanilla flavors and hope you do too.