On December 1st, DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo FAST completes its first season on Netflix with five brand-new episodes. Throughout the season, we’ve seen the Fast Action Stunt Team take on many awesome challenges and now is your family’s chance to get in on some of action.

Did you know that there has been a mystery character present in 24 of the 26 episode season and the Fast Action Stunt Team needs your help to find him. He’s a tiny worm…and while he may be easy to overlook at first, once you know about him, you’ll never look at Turbo FAST the same. The Worm has turned up in settings as varied as a sunny SoCal beach to a Tokyo shopping mall, from Tito’s taco stand to a hot-sauce commercial – and even in the Miss Teen Mudbug competition.

As series executive producer Chris Prynowski explains it, “When I put The Worm in the first episode, I kept getting notes back to remove him, which I just ignored.  They kept asking me to remove him, I kept ignoring them… Now, he’s something everyone’s always looking for.”

We challenge your family to  put on their Fast Action Stunt Team gear and apply teamwork to complete The Worm challengeHere’s what he looks like and a few of The Worm’s appearances are below – can you and your family find all of them?

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EXCLUSIVE INSIDER TIPS:

 ·         He’s super tiny (even smaller than the snails of the Fast Action Stunt Team)

·         He’s light green with googly eyes

·         He usually hangs out in the background, but on occasion he takes a shot at hanging with the snails

·         More than likely he can be found with his tongue sticking out

With the whole season soon to be available for streaming on Netflix, here’s your chance to go on a worm hunt! Happy hunting.

Also! Be sure to catch “VeggieTales in the House,” which starts streaming this Wednesday, Nov. 26!  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and time with the family!

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I love this time of year. It really is the most wonderful time of the year. As a family we try to watch at least one Christmas musical or show. This year we are going to be watching The Nutcracker and we might head to Orange County to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. We love the book and the movie. I can’t wait to watch the musical.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will be playing at Segerstrom Hall from February 10th to February 14th.  The show is  based on the classic Dr. Seuss’ book and will feature the hit songs “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”. Tickets start at $29 and would make great gifts!

For additional info or to purchase tickets head here.

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This post is brought to you by a compensated campaign in collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Wells Fargo. All thoughts and content are my own.

The last ten years have affected more American’s financially and we were no different.  The recession caused our employers to cut back, which then required our family to downsize as well.  First it was with are vehicle and then, the harder decision was when we had to downsize our home. After attempting to have our home loan refinanced proved unsuccessful, we decided to sell and move.  That was over two years ago and ended up being the best decision we could have made. Since that time, both my husband and I have left behind old unfulfilling careers and started new ones, that we actually enjoy. Our kids have never been happier with their school and friends and my husband and I feel like we have found a place where we really belong.

Dream Home

One of the models we have fallen in love with!!

#WellsFargo held one of our prior mortgages and was extremely helpful through the process of selling our home and helping us move forward.  We will soon be looking to purchase a new home and have spotted some that we like, especially the one seen below. You can bet that Wells Fargo will be one of the first places we consider to help us arrange for the financing of our next dream home.

Growing up with immigrant parents, I often had to help them with finances like balancing their checkbook  and helping translate at the bank.  Wells Fargo  proudly offers bilingual online tools, Spanish Text Banking, Spanish account statements, Spanish-language call centers, Spanish-speaking bankers in stores across the nation, and more. Things to make everyone’s life easier. Wells  Fargo has also teamed up with Telemundo to empower Latinos to reach their financial goals.

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One of the most important things we can do as a consumer, is making sure we stay on top of our credit score. Making sure our credit score is in tip top shape is very important. Having a good credit score will ensure we are able to buy the home of our dreams. Here are some simple yet effective advice to help maintain or improve your credit score from Wells Fargo.

  • Make sure to check your credit report annually.
  • Pay your bills on time.
  • Set up alerts.
  • Pay more than the minimum.
  • Keep debt at no more than 35% of your monthly income.
  • If you have trouble paying an account, contact your lenders.

Did you know that adding to your credit line has less effect on your credit score than maxing out your credit line does? You can learn more about your credit and finances by visiting  www.WellsFargo.com/Conversemos for additional tools and resources.

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Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

We  love Irvine Park Railroad and it has become a family tradition to take the train to visit Santa. We love it and can’t wait to head there next weekend. The Christmas Train starts the day after Thanksgiving and you don’t want to miss it! Plus all of the other fun activities. This year in addition to the Christmas Train and all of the other fun activities, The Irvine Park Railroad will be home to a Christmas Tree Ranch!

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, you will be able to purchase Christmas trees at Irvine Park Railroad. You will be able to choose from among Douglas fir, Noble fir, and Grand fir trees ranging in height from 4′ to 12′. Christmas tree stands, preservatives, tree disposal bags, wreaths, and garland will also be available for sale.

The Christmas Tree Ranch is open daily at 10:00 am beginning Friday, November 28th through Tuesday, December 23rd. Families can walk the Christmas Tree Ranch to find their perfect Christmas tree. Irvine Park Railroad staff will help you load your Christmas Tree into/onto your car.

Christmas trees will be  individually price and all trees contain a tag with the cost for that tree. The Christmas Tree Ranch will be open from 10am to 8pm everyday from Friday, November 28th to Tuesday, December 23rd. To purchase your Christmas Train tickets ahead of time or to learn more about the Christmas Tree Ranch head here.

It’s Giveaway time! We’re giving away 2 Christmas Trees to two lucky readers! The Christmas trees are valued up to $75 with stand included.

Giveaway ends on November 24th at 11:59pm. All you have to do is let me know what your favorite Christmas tradition is. That’s it! Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!
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Let's Celebrate!

Let’s Celebrate!

Last week I shared about Disney on Ice  Let’s Celebrate coming to Southern California in the next few weeks. We’ve had the opportunity to attend  to a couple of Disney on Ice shows and they are so much fun! Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate is coming to a city near you!

The show will play at the following locations :

Los Angeles

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14

  • Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)

 Anaheim 

WHEN:   Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21

  • Tuesday, December 16 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 17 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 18 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 19 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 20 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)* 

 Ontario

WHEN:  Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28

  • Thursday, December 25 6:00 PM
  • Friday, December 26 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 27 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 28 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 WHERE:                Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*

Long Beach

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Wednesday, December 31 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 1 6:00 PM
  • Friday, January 2 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 3 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 4 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*

 

We’re giving away two tickets to any of the following shows

Staples Center 12/10 & 12/11 – 7:30

12/12 : 11:30 am

Honda Center  12/16 ,12/17 & 12/18 – 7:30pm

12/18 10:30am & 1:30pm

12/19 1:30pm

Citizens Arena 12/25 6:00pm

12/26 11:00 am

12/26 3:00pm

Long Beach       12/31  4:30pm

01/01 6:00pm

01/02  11:30 am

Giveaway ends on 11/22 at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at Random. Good luck!

 

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We had a fun time last month attending the UCLA game at the world famous Rose Bowl.  We cheered on the Bruins who fought tough and eventually won the game.  The Rose Bowl holds a lot of people which means a lot of cars that need somewhere to park, (we drove our Honda!), so when you attend a game, be prepared to walk a ways, but it’s worth it!  We were amazed at how elaborate some of the tailgaters were with barbecues and big screen televisions.

On game day, tickets for children 3-12 years old are just $5 and general admission seating is as little as $20 for some games.  There’s some great food options at the stadium. Apart from the standard stadium food (hot dogs, pretzels), the Rose Bowl also offers more unusual and unique halftime options, including Mexican food, hand-squeezed lemonade, and Dippin’ Dots.  We had a chicken teriyaki bowl that was pretty tasty.

You’ve seen the commercials about Helpful Honda, well it’s a real thing.  Southern California Helpful Honda are really out there helping out people with stuff.  In fact, all around the Rose Bowl stadium, the Helpful Guys and Gals in Blue were seen greeting fans, picking up trash, and giving out game-day essentials like hand sanitizer, portable radios, & more. Plus, Honda drivers are being surprised with seat upgrades and for a few lucky UCLA fans there is even an upgrade to dream seats right at field level!  It’s great seeing a company that offers free services to the public.

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The Guys in Blue will continue to be around at various home games during the remaining UCLA football season. To find out when they will be at the Rose Bowl next and to learn more about other acts of helpfulness in Southern California, make sure to like them at https://www.facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers and follow them on Twitter @HelpfulHonda.

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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We always have a carton of organic real milk in our refrigerator.  It will come in handy as we plan for a Latin GRAMMYS viewing party this Thursday night!  Milk is fortified with vitamin D, another important player in bone health, and it has other vital nutrients, including protein, phosphorous, vitamin A and some B vitamins, most of all, it tastes great!

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For the party this week, we’re making Leche Frita – Fried Milk! It has a funny name but tastes delicious.

2 cups milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
11-inch-by-3-inch strip of lemon peel
1 stick cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
3/4 cup plain panko bread crumbs

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Step 1 – Using a wire whisk, combine the milk, cornstarch, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon stick in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil while whisking, then lower the heat and continue to whisk for 10 minutes. Whisk constantly so the mixture does not scorch.

Step 2 – After the 10 minutes of whisking, the pudding mixture should be very thick. Remove and discard the lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch-by-4-inch ceramic or glass loaf pan, and allow to cool for at least 24 hours uncovered on your kitchen countertop.

Step 3 – When your pudding mixture has cooled and dried completely, cut into 12 equal sized squares.

Step 4 – Prepare three shallow dishes to use when dredging your leche frita. Fill the first dish with the flour, scramble the eggs well in the second dish, and fill the third dish with the panko.

Step 5 – Heat the vegetable oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Pass a square of the leche frita though the flour, then coat with the egg, and then pass through the dish of panko breadcrumbs.

Step 6 – Using a slotted spatula, carefully place the uncooked square of leche frita in the hot vegetable oil, and fry until golden on one side, about 1 minute. Carefully turn to the other side, and fry for another minute. Remove the leche frita to a pan lined with paper towels to cool. Fry all of the squares in the same fashion. Serve warm.

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Drinking milk has been one of the keys to the success of many artists attending the Latin GRAMMYS. Milk builds strong bones and give you stamina to keep up with all of that salsa dancing! And just imagine all the milk that Pitbull must drink.  It’s always a good time to #tomaleche! Milk fuels a better future!

#tomaleche

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"Skipper" Naming at Aquarium of the Pacific

Penguins!!!!!

Last week our contributor, Liz (my beautiful sister), had the opportunity to attend a Penguins of Madagascar event at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  She had the opportunity to frolic with some very cute little penguins. Did you know that there are 17 types of penguins and most of them live in climates with temps similar to those in Southern California?

 

My sister and nephew with the Penguins!

My sister and nephew with the Penguins!

To  celebrate the Penguins of  Madagascar in their very own feature film, The  Aquarium of the Pacific named  their newest baby Penguin  “Skipper”.  Liz  had the opportunity to really see these little guys close up. You can also get up close and personal with over a dozen penguins at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

"Skipper" Naming at Aquarium of the Pacific

The June Keyes Penguin Exhibit

 

It was a super fun event and it really got us all excited about the upcoming movie, The Penguins of Madagascar. We’ve loved every single Madagascar film and can’t wait to watch this one. It looks like it’s going to be super fun! The movie will be out in theaters nationwide on November 26th! Just in time for the holiday weekend. I can’t wait to take my kiddos!

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It’s Giveaway Time! To celebrate the Penguins of Madagascar’s Release and so that you can get up and close with penguins, we are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you would take to the aquarium and to the Penguins of Madagascar movie. That’s it! Giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 19th at 11:59pm.  Winner will be chosen at Random. Good Luck!

 
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A visit to Riley's Farm is a must!!

A visit to Riley’s Farm is a must!!

I’ve always wanted to go apple picking in Oak Glen and we never got around to it.  Fall is a busy time of year with sports and back to school activities. This year I decided we had to visit, even if it meant late in the season. Today was the day and we finally made it out to Oak Glen. I’m so glad we did because we had an absolute blast!!

My daughter with one of the apples she picked.

My daughter with one of the apples she picked.

We had a blast from the minute we got off the car. My first word of advise is to bring a jacket or hoodie. It gets a little cold up there and you don’t want to get caught without a jacket. You also want to make sure you’re wearing comfy covered shoes. We decided to pick at Riley’s Apple Farm. There are about 7 U-Pick farms and we decided to visit Riley’s Apple Farm #1.

Oak Glen is beautiful!

Oak Glen is beautiful!

We could have just walked around the grounds of Riley’s for hours. It’s a beautiful place and everyone is so friendly.  There is plenty of kiddos to do. Our kiddos just wanted to walk around and take it all in. They had a blast exploring all of the different buildings on the farm and they also had a cute play area that the kiddos fell in love with.

They wanted to knock on every door!

They wanted to knock on every door!

My kids fell in love with this fun little hen house.

My kids fell in love with this fun little hen house.

This little playhouse was a hit with kids of all ages.

This little playhouse was a hit with kids of all ages.

There are so many different things for the kids to do. You can of course pick apples, press your apple cider, participate in archery/tomohawk/knife throwing for only $1, go on a hay ride and so much more. This late in the season the activities run only on the weekends. The farm is however open for picking Tuesday to Sunday.

Hayrides

Hayrides

Pressing your own cider.

Pressing your own cider.

 

The apple picking part was a blast. It is late in the season and the trees were picked through, however we still had a blast. We were able to collect two bags full, which were about 6 pounds total. You are charged by the pound. We picked a little over 3 pounds which put us right under $20.00. It was seriously so much fun! The weather was perfect and the kids had a blast taking turns choosing a tree and picking their own apples.

Picking the perfect apple.

Picking the perfect apple.

On our way out we asked when the best time to visit and they recommended to visit during September. The official season starts in September and ends in November. However, you can start picking as soon as the apples are ready to pick and this year they started picking on July 8th!!!

If you’re going to visit late in the season you have to visit on the weekends, since most farms are closed. Oak Glen is a great day trip and there are a number of fun places to stop and visit. We can’t wait to go again next season and might just make it back for the apple butter festival, Thanksgiving Weekend!

For additional information head here.

 

 

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Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

We love Irvine Park and the Irvine Park Railroad. We visit often and it’s become a tradition to head to Irvine Park Railroad for Easter, Halloween and my favorite holiday of all, Christmas. This will be the 7th year in a row that we have made our way up to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas train to visit Santa and participate in all of the fun activities. We bring our extended family, a thermos filled with hot chocolate, treats and take the train to meet Santa and take pictures.

Last year's fun!

Last year’s fun!

We usually head to the  park early to partake in the many fun activities including cookie decorating and Santa’s Bounce House.  The kiddos love cheesing around the different photo stations and also love storytime with Mrs. Claus. There are quite a few fun activities that are free of charge for the family. If you get there early you can usually  avoid waiting in line. This year like last year you can purchase your tickets in advance online for a specific time and avoid waiting in line.  You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.

The kids had a blast "ice fishing"

The kids had a blast “ice fishing”

The Christmas Train will run from November 28th to December 23rd this year. Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time and avoid waiting in line!

It’s Giveaway Time!

We’re giving away

  •  4 Christmas Train tickets
  •  6 Christmas Train activity tickets
  •  1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike rental (excludes the double surrey)
  •  1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

Our giveaway is only running for two days, so make sure to enter quickly! Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 13th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random using random.org. Good luck!

 
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