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In celebration of the release of Ever After High: Spring Unsprung, now streaming on Netflix, we threw a “Girls Night In” viewing party, with my daughter and a couple of her friends.

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First they filled themselves with food and played games around the kitchen table.  Then they made their way to the movie theater, aka our family room to stream the new movie.

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The Ever After High characters are the daughters of famous fairy tale characters such as Pinocchio, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty and others. They are teenagers dealing with the struggles of living up to their parent’s expectations. If they don’t follow their individual destinies, their stories will cease to exist and they will disappear forever.

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As parents we have high hopes for our children. As parents, our job is to do our best to guide and direct, but their destiny is ultimately their own. For now, we will let them enjoy childhood.

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In addition to the web series, there are also dolls and storybooks available to continue the adventure of the Ever After High kids. (And yes, there are boys too!)

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Recognize the face? Also, recognize that small poster on the wall in the background? Hint: Grim Grinning Ghosts

 

 

It was with great anticipation that we received our #DisneySide Home Celebration Kit. We are a family that lives and breathes Disney, between regular visits to the Disneyland Resort, every Disney film possible on DVD and even a Club Penguin subscription.  Disney embodies quality family entertainment and that’s what we like to provide our children.

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We gathered some friends, ordered some pizza, created some delicious Mickey cupcakes, and mixed some Alice themed mocktails like White Rabbit’s Woot Beer, Queen of Hearts Red Punch and Alice’s Elixir.  The kids enjoyed creating new flavors for each other.

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We played a rousing game of Disney trivia. No surprise, my husband new all the answers. He still let us guess a few though.

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We had a great time playing with a Disney themed madlibs game, where they were able to create their own amusing stories. These kids came up with some pretty hilarious stories.

photo 1 (6)Our #DisneySide Home Celebration allowed us to create fun new memories with friends.  Disney is all about creating memories to last a lifetime and they are always welcomed in our home.  You don’t need to wait until you are actually in “The Happiest Place on Earth” to show your Disney Side. You can make EVERY DAY feel as if you are already there. And who says you need a reason for a party? Celebrating fun with friends, family, and neighbors is reason enough for us! What will you celebrate next?

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This about sums up our thoughts on the festivities!

We received free products in order to host the #DisneySide @Home Celebration. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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Although it’s felt like it’s here already, we are just a month away from the start of Spring and that means the Knott’s Boysenberry Festival.  Knott’s really knows how to celebrate the seasons, Fall and Halloween Haunt, Winter and the Christmas Crafts Village and now Spring and the Boysenberry Festival.  Walter Knott didn’t invent the boysenberry, but he sure did make it famous.

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We look forward to sharing all the sights and sounds with you next month as the event kicks off. The Boysenberry Festival will feature larger than life displays of beautiful spring colors, interactive family-friendly activities, expanded gourmet food and wine tasting and much more!

As part of the festivities, Daytripping Mom is also doing a giveaway for two (2) tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm.  These tickets can only be used through the Boysenberry Festival season, March 28-April 12,2015. In order to be entered, you must do the following:

Good luck to everyone! See you at the Farm.

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This week, Netflix announced the return of two beloved 80s cartoons with all new episodes: Danger Mouse and Duck Tales.  This made us think about what other 80s cartoons we love that also happen to be airing currently on Netflix.

jemJem and The Holograms. Jem is truly outrageous. A live action film of this cartoon is currently in production. We can’t wait.

 

garfieldGarfield was a great way to pass the time on a Saturday morning.

spidermanSpiderman and His Amazing Friends! This was the way many of us were first introduced to Spiderman as kids.  Come on, you all know the theme song, “Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can…”

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I remember going to see the Care Bears movie on opening weekend. Every show during the day was sold out and ended up sitting near the front row.  My sisters and I later had a VHS copy that we played over and over again.

What are some of your favorite 80s cartoons? Netflix is always changing up their library, so if it’s not there now, it might be available next month.

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We love the theater and love sharing when a good show comes in town. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to the Ahamanson Theater next month and you don’t want to miss it! This family friendly productions features this classic story along with some fantastic. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific  with a contemporary take on the classic tale.

The show will play from March 17th to April 26th at The Music Center. To purchase tickets and for additional info head here.

 

 

 

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Our view was breathtaking!

Our view was breathtaking!

 

Our family is trying to go out and be active. We’ve decided that we want to go out and explore nature more often. One way that we’re doing that is by going on family hikes. I decided to start a new series, hikes with kids. To kick off our series, I wanted to start with our last hike. My daughter and I headed down south and hiked around Lake Poway. The Lake Poway Recreation Area is located just a few miles away from the 15 freway and is very easy to find. It is northeast of Poway, off Espola Road. Parking is $5 for non Poway residents on the weekends and holidays.

We worked up a sweat.

We worked up a sweat.

We took the hike around the lake, which was 3 miles round trip. I don’t think we are quite up to the famous Potato Chip hike, that you can also hike from Lake Poway. That hike is very steep and is 8 miles round trip. Since we are still fairly new to hiking, we stuck to the lower 3 mile hike. It was beautiful, serene, and with access to many restrooms(porta potties) along the way. There were also two covered lunch table areas that would make an excellent spot for a picnic.

The hike led us to some spectacular views and scenery.

The hike led us to some spectacular views and scenery.

What I love about hiking with my family is being able to get away from all the distractions and being able to just talk/relax. With school, activities, and a very busy schedule, it’s sometimes hard for families to get that time to unwind and really connect.

Slowly but surely we’re learning what we like to take our hikes. Here’s a list of what we take.

  • Good pair of walking shoes/tennis shoes(with traction)
  • Layer clothing. We take a light jacket early in the morning and wrap it around our waist mid hike.
  • Water. Plenty of it.
  • A good backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks or lunch
  • Charged phone

I can’t wait to share more of our hikes and hear about your adventures! Stay tuned for more.

For directions and to learn more about Lake Poway head here.

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Strawberry Picking

We had a very sweet and strawberrylicious Valentine’s Day. We had the opportunity to take the Strawberry Tour at Tanaka Farms and had soooo much fun! My sisters, mom, and nephew joined us for a great afternoon. Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine and they are known for their family friendly farm tours. They also happen to have some of the best strawberries and produce in all of Southern California. Tanaka Farms is proud to educate, entertain, and feed families all year long. They have various tours throughout the year depending on what is growing. They have strawberry, watermelon, and pumpkin tours, depending on the season.

We picked some of the ripest and sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted.

We picked some of the ripest and sweetest strawberries I’ve ever tasted.

Strawberry season started a little earlier this year because of our wacky weather and that means that the strawberry tours are back. This was our first time taking the tour and we were very excited. There are no reservations required for weekend tours and they  leave every hour beginning at 9:30, with the last departing at 2:30. Tour times are: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. We arrived a half hour before the tour began to assure a spot, find parking, and not be rushed.

The tractor ride is a hit with both young and old.

The tractor ride is a hit with both young and old.

Once we checked in and were given our baskets, our tour guide came by to lead us to the tractor pulled wagon. My two year old nephew was in heaven! The guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The tour takes you around Tanaka Farms and you will be able to see how fruits and vegetables grow in the land. You will also be able to sample some of the fruits and veggies in season. It was very informative and although I know it was an hour long, it only seemed to last a few minutes because we were having so much fun!

We learned how to properly pick strawberries and how to pick the ripest fruit.

We learned how to properly pick strawberries and how to pick the ripest fruit.

Our last stop on our tour were the strawberry patches. We were given 15 minutes to find the juiciest and ripest strawberries we could find. Each person is able to take home a one pound basket of strawberries. We had so much fun picking our fruit and taking the tour. I highly recommend that everyone take this tour with the family. It is a great experience.

I had one happy picker.

I had one happy picker.

The strawberry tours take place every weekend. Weekday school tours begin March 19th.  Reservations are not required for weekend tours.

Tours are $18 per person. Children 2 and under are free. For additional information head here.

Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. Admission was provided for review purposes. 
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On select holiday periods throughout the year, the National Parks have free admission.  This coming weekend, February 14th through 16th is one of those weekends. These are such an amazing asset to America and people from all over the world come to see these natural wonders.  Below are the California National Parks taking part in this:

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Pinnacles National Monument
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Yosemite National Park

One of the other parks included is Zion National Park in southern Utah. We made a visit this past Christmas and enjoyed the sights. The regular admission price is $25 per car, good for 7 days.

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The weather was crisp and the views were spectacular!

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There are many opportunities for children to explore Zion National Park. During the summer, free ranger programs especially for youth are offered throughout the park, and children ages four and up can complete an activity booklet to become a Junior Ranger in Zion. Easy family-friendly trails such as the Riverside Walk, the Par’us Trail, and Emerald Pools offer hiking opportunities, while the Zion Nature Center has fun activities and exhibits for kids to explore.

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People have called the canyons and plateaus of Zion National Park home for over 10,000 years. The remnants of their time here exist throughout the park and are protected by the National Park Service. These structures, from humble granaries to improbable highways, stand as testaments to the ingenuity of those that came before us.

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

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We were sent some delicious chocolate covered strawberries and other treats by Shari’s Berries. It’s last minute, but these are great gift that can still get to your loved one in time for Valentine’s Day.

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They have absolutely delicious gifts like dipped strawberries, chocolates, caramel marshmallow pops, love bug brownie pops (my son’s favorite), dipped cherries, chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies (my favorite), dipped pretzels and red velvet cake truffles.  Those items in the picture above would be mini cheesecakes. These were probably the most delectable tasting cheesecakes we have ever tasted.

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The cake truffles were among the most popular items in our family. Each one of those above is a different flavor, including: red velvet, cookies and cream, peanut butter and almond joy. They taste incredible.

IMG_1684In some amazing way, Shari’s Berries features the ripest, sweetest strawberries that they cover in milk chocolate, white chocolate and coated in nuts and chocolate chips.  Describing them in words does not do them justice.  Below you can read 10 creative ideas for Valentine’s Day.

ArtOfGiftGivingThere is still time to have your order delivered in time for Valentine’s Day. They will even be delivering on Saturday, so there is not excuse to miss this opportunity to give to your significant other, parent or child.

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The Harlem Globetrotters are coming back to Southern California. The world famous athletes will be back in the next week at a location near you. The Globetrotters are back with their brand new show, 2015 Washington Generals Revenge Tour.

We’ve always wanted to attend and this year we’re going to try to catch a game this weekend.

The Harlem Globetrotters will be playing at

  • The Santa Barbara UCSB Event Center – Wednesday, February 11th at 7pm
  • Honda Center – Saturday February 14th and Monday February 16th
  • Staples Center – Sunday February 15th.

Tickets are now available at harlemglobetrotters.com and at the venue box office.

It’s giveaway time!

We’re doing a flash giveaway and giving a family four pack of tickets to the Staples Center or the Honda Center. Giveaway ends Tuesday, February 10th, at 5pm. Winner will be selected at random. Just leave me a comment letting me know who you would take and why. That’s it!

For additional info click here. Good luck!!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Tickets were provided for giveaway purposes.

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