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I love sharing about special events that are pretty darn rad, and the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live is just that. This annual event is taking place on Saturday, September 27th.

Museum Day 2014 will offer you and a guest(all you have to do is head to this link and print out a free card) FREE general admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. California has over 80 participating museums! This is the perfect opportunity to make that visit to a particpating museum that you have been wanting to visit. No excuses!

All you have to do is head here and print out your Free card. It allows you and a guest admission to participating museums. Simple as that!

Click on over to find a museum near you. We participated last year and had a fantastic time. I hope you do too!

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mickeys_halloween_partyWohoo! Mickey’s Halloween Party is around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on getting your tickets before they sell out. This super fun party is back for 14 nights during select times in September and October. Mickey’s Halloween Party will take place on September 26th, 30th, and October 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th, 31st.

The kiddos ready to trick-or-treat their hearts out!

The kiddos ready to trick-or-treat their hearts out!

This fun seasonal event takes place during Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. I love being able to dress up with my kids, enter the park after hours, and trick or treat all over the park. It is sooooo much fun!!!  Plus, you can’t miss the fireworks. The Disneyland Halloween Fireworks are the best and are exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

It has become an annual tradition for our family and we seriously are counting down the days! It’s going to be so fun! The first year I took my daughter, I had to buy my ticket off Ebay. I was lucky to score one and made sure to always buy our tickets ahead of time.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now before they sell out. We are going on opening night and I can’t wait!!!

Oh and don’t forget, Annual Passholders get discount tickets on select nights. For additional info head here.

 

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I’ve shared about our family’s love for Denny’s Restaurants. We love heading there for breakfast, and whenever we are in need of some comfort. We also love to take advantage of their kids eat free nights (they vary by participating location). I’m super excited to have partnered with them to be a part of their Denny’s Diners Ambassadors.

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I’ve shared about their Limited Time Offer Menu, and let me just share that we had the opportunity to had dinner at Denny’s a week ago, and my dad had the opportunity to try the Baja Moons Over My Hammy, and could not stop raving about it. It is so good! We can’t wait to keep you posted on all of the latest Denny’s news and menu items. They always have the funnest new treats, like the new Strawberry Pancake Puppies. They are out of this world. My hubby couldn’t get enough of them. They are sooooo delish! BRND-H5766-homepage-marquee-V2-Moons-Over-My-Hammy

I had the opportunity to sit down with my family and enjoy the latest Denny’s entrees and they were so out of this world. I love that as an ambassador, I have the opportunity to get the latest scoop on everything Denny’s related, including family promotions, new menu items and more! Make sure to follow the #DennysDiners hashtrack for the latest ambassador updates!

I can’t wait to share more about the different So Cal promotions and other good stuff. Make sure to follow Denny’s Diner on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates! Oh and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram too!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post .

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Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Tickets were  provided for giveaway/review purposes. However, all opinions are my very own.

A few years back, I had the opportunity to watch one of the most amazing arena spectaculars, Walking With Dinosaurs-The Arena Spectacular. It is a show like no other! The show was incredible  and delighted every single member of my family. My son and daughter were 4 and 5 at the time and were absolutely mesmerized. I’m so excited that Walking with Dinosaurs is coming to the Staples Center in a few weeks and I will be taking my family. It is going to be sooooo much fun!

The show will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The show will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The show is breathtaking, educational and well just plain amazing!he show is based on the BBC mini-series and took years to bring to life.  There are 17 “dinosaurs” that are as close to the real thing as can be. My then  5 year old daughter at the time was a bit skeptical before we watched the show, because she knows that dinos no longer rule the earth. She was convinced  as soon as she took a look at the first one,  and in her words, just knew that they were real, and came to life for this one show. They are that realistic and impressive!

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR will be performed at STAPLES Center for a limited seven-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14.  You really have to take your family. I really can’t rave about this show enough. It is AHHHHMMMAAAZING!!!

You can purchase tickets by heading here.

It’s giveaway time!!!  We’re giving away 4 tickets to this incredible show. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you would take and why. That’s it! Giveaway ends on September 2nd, at 11:59am. Daytrippingmom followers on FB gain an additional entry, and you can enter each day by sending out a tweet. That’s it! Good luck!

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2014 OC Fair Welcomed More Than 1.3 Million Fairgoers, Distributed 435,000 Carnival Plushes & Guests Consumed 1,600 Pounds of Watermelon!

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Here are some fun memories that happened this summer at the 2014 OC Fair:

  • The Centennial Farm welcomed 19 piglets this year.
  • Some 5,600 individual dancers, singers, comedians and performers had a moment to shine on one of the Fair’s free community entertainment stages.
  • The National Anthem was proudly sung 35 times during the run of the Fair.
  • More than 3.5 tons of clay were molded into beautiful bowls, cups and more during the daily free ceramics demonstrations in Crafters Village.
  • More than 10,000 award ribbons were won by Fairgoers for baking, photography, painting, woodworking, quilting, gardening, livestock and on-the-spot contests. This year the Fair offered 2,054 unique competitions for a Fairgoer to showcase their talent.
  • And perhaps the best record set:
    • On the four We Care Wednesday donation drives, 67,281 participants donated more than 42 tons of canned food, 55,300 children’s books, 39,400 pounds of clothing and 160,000 school supplies.

The OC Fair will return again next July with all new rides, entertainment and deep-fried goodness.

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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.

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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.

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.

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Fun Fact: David Freese who currently plays on the Angels, made his way up playing for a season on the Lake Elsinore Storm!

We have enjoyed several Angels games this season, but my kiddos would tell you that they actually had more at the Storm games we attended.  There are still several games available this month before the season ends.  You can find out more information about the Lake Elsinore Storm on their website.

 

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Kids are Free In October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

Kids are Free In October at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park

One of our favorite offers is back again this year!!

I like to make sure I get this post in pretty early to make sure you can plan accordingly. During the month of October  The San Diego Zoo and The San Diego Safari Park offer free admission to kids 3 to 11! Each year, from October 1–31, in honor of the Zoo’s founding, children ages 3–11 are admitted free to the Zoo and Safari Park when accompanied by an adult. That means an entire family can head to either park and only mom and dad, or mom or dad have to pay!

It’s a great time to visit either the park. The weather cools down, the summer tourists are gone, and it creates an ideal situation to visit either park.  We are proud members of the zoo, and honestly October is my absolute favorite time to visit the zoo. It’s so nice to not be in a crowded place and really get to enjoy the park without sweating up a storm. It actually can get a little chilly in the late afternoon, so make sure to pack a light jacket.

If you’ve been wanting to visit the San Diego Zoo or Zoofari Park, make sure to take advantage of Kids Free in October! You can’t beat FREE!

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Gathering books  for our Book Drive!

Gathering books for our Book Drive!

Disclosure: I participate in this program on behalf of Champions for Kids and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

Back to School is almost here. My kiddos head back to school next week and the students I teach head back to school the week after. The Summer break really flew by!!!  We’re wrapping up Summer with some fun outings and also by prepping for the new school year.  One of the things we are doing is making sure we give back to kiddos that go without this year.

Finding Cheap Books for our Classroom Library.

Finding Cheap Books for our Classroom Library.

I teach Special Ed Language Arts. I can’t stress enough the importance of reading , especially for struggling students. I teach at a school in a lower income area and access to books is limited for most of my students. I have my own little library that allows the kiddos to check out books and also earn books as rewards for behaviors, attendance,etc..  The kids love it. I love that my sweet students have the opportunity to read and develop a love of reading.

We have asked the help of our friends and family to donate to our school and class. It was really easy to do. I wrote up a simple email and friends have been generously donated books to stock our little library. We also hit our local used bookstore and the bargain section of  a big chain bookstore for reasonably priced books.

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Would you like to help a school in need? or perhaps even host a book drive of your own for your local school? Kellogg’s Champions for Kids provides 4 simple steps on how you can help a school or organization in need.

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You can also receive a free book or donate a book of your choice from Scholastic. You can choose from more than 50 Scholastic books, including bilingual titles, for children of all ages. Follow these simple steps:

1.       Look for a code inside specially marked Kellogg’s® cereals and other Kellogg’s® products sold at Walmart.

2.       Enter the code online.

3.       Order your free book or choose to donate it to the school of your choice.

 Simple as that!! 

 

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The Carlsbad Beach and Resort is absolutely stunning!

The Carlsbad Beach and Resort is absolutely stunning!

Disclosure: We were invited to stay at the resort.

Last month we had the opportunity to stay at one of the most gorgeous resorts in Southern California, The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort.  Carlsbad is one of our favorite places to visit near the beach.  It is usually less crowded than many of the OC beaches and has a relaxed vibe.  Carlsbad Inn is just 80 steps from the beach, and stretches along a 4.07-acre site fronting on both Pacific Coast Highway and the Pacific Ocean, nestled within the quaint village of Carlsbad.

Our View Was Breathtaking!

Our View Was Breathtaking!

The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort is a managed by Grand Pacific Resorts and is also a part of ResortTime. You will be spoiled when you stay at a ResortTime hotel and will not want to vacation anywhere else. Here’s why. The rooms are spacious and have all of the comforts of home. Our room came with a separate living area, full kitchen, a gorgeous full bathroom, and a bedroom. When you vacation with your family, you want to do it in comfort and not be cramped in a little room. The Carlsbad Inn Resort, Grand Pacific Resorts, and ResorTime provide you with that experience. Trust me, after you’ve stayed and had room, you will not want to stay in a small room ever again!

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Credit: Carlsbad Inn

The Carlsbad Inn Wrapping around a lush green lawn and courtyard with views to the Pacific Ocean, guests enjoy complimentary use of bicycles and jogging strollers, and a lively activity center with over 30-weekly activities including tours, classes, and special events. Recreational amenities include a pool, two Jacuzzi hot tubs, playground, a large gym with Nautilus, free weight and aerobic equipment, sauna, men’s and women’s locker rooms. It is the perfect place for a beach vacation. I really can’t wait to be able to come back and stay for a full week with my family.

The Bathroom was very luxurious!

The Bathroom was very luxurious!

It’s a very short walk out to the beach, where they have a seasonal beachfront cabana offering beach chairs, boogie boards, umbrellas and other beach toys for guests at the resort.

The pool is very inviting!

The pool is very inviting!

There are so many activities to do with the family. I love that I could walk down to the beach anytime and take a stroll multiple times a day. No worry about parking or dragging chairs down, all I had to do was enjoy myself!

Walking along the beach.

Walking along the beach.

Norte Mexican restaurant is right next door. It features tasty and affordable Mexican food.  It is now my husband’s favorite Mexican restaurant in San Diego County.  There are also lots of other great places to eat within just a block of the Carlsbad Inn.

ResorTime manages several vacations spots all over the world. They recently redesigned their online booking website to make it easier than ever to get the dates you want in the destination you have longed to visit.  Check out the site here.

I have an amazing code to book your next vacation through Resortime. Use Discount Code:  16B3F and receive 20% off any resort. You must book by 08/31, but you can travel through 2015. It’s a great deal! Trust me, you will never want to stay at any other place.

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My husband is a big theater going person and that has made our family into a bunch of theater lovers.  Now at the Ahmanson theater in Los Angeles is the hit musical Queen and Ben Elton’s “We Will Rock You.” The show is built around 24 of the biggest hits of the rock group Queen, which delivers a show that boasts the scale and electrifying spectacle that marked the band’s legendary live performances.

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The show is set in the future on a planet once called Earth that is now controlled by a big corporation. Computer-generated music reigns, no rock music is heard, all musical instruments are banned and conformity is enforced. A pair of young renegades, Galileo and Scaramouche, dare to rebel and bring rock music back to the people.  The show is high energy and the music of Queen is played live and loud. It’s hard not to jump to your feet every time another familiar song starts up.

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“We Will Rock You” includes such songs as “Another One Bites The Dust,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Bohemian Rhapsody” and, of course, “We Will Rock You.”  There are some lyric changes to fit with the loose storyline, but the young cast belts out tunes with all the intensity that Freddie Mercury carried in his glory days.  While there is nothing inappropriate for families, I would suggest the show for children over 12.

 

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This is the West Coast premiere of the show, which recently closed in London’s West End after playing to crowds for 12 years. The show did have a year long run in Las Vegas about 10 years ago, but otherwise, the show is new to North America.  Get your tickets now!

 

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