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!

Credit: Carlsbad Inn

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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Rafting in a Pond. Awesome!

Rafting in a Pond. Awesome!

I heard about the adventure playground in Huntington Beach a few years back. I’ve wanted to take the kiddos for a few summers now and never got around to it. Last week, I decided this was going to be the week I took the kids. We packed a cooler, asked our friends to join us, and we headed West to Huntington Beach for a day of fun. It was sooooo much fun!!!!

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Rafting was first on our list!

The Huntington Beach Adventure Park is a must visit friends! We had such a great time. It was actually one of those moments in which I found myself envying my kiddos. They were grinning from ear to ear. The park is geared for kiddos aged 5 to 12 years old. Kids can raft on a small pond, try to cross a rope bridge, build stuff with a real hammer and nails(kids each get 3 nails and can earn others), go down a mudslide, and have a great old time getting dirty. It is good old fashioned fun!

The Mudslide.

The Mudslide

The kids played hard. They got dirty. They had one heck of a good time. It’s all a mom could ask for. We had a seriously fun day. The Huntington Beach Adventure Playground is open only until August 14. You have to hurry and take the kiddos before it closes for the Summer!

You can also hammer your heart away and wash up after playing in the mud!

You can also hammer your heart away and wash up after playing in the mud!

Make sure to:

  • Bring Cash – This is CASH ONLY facility. Admission is $3 for kids. Adults are Free. 
  • Bring tennis shoes – NO one is allowed with sandals or open toe shoes(No water shoes either)
  • Bring a change of clothes – there are changing areas and showers(bring another pair of shoes).
  • Bring a large kitchen bag for the muddy clothes.
  • Pack a picnic/snacks/lunch – there are tables and a shaded area to eat under.
  • Parking is Free.  When you come in, head down the first two rows as far down as you can.
  • Bring chairs for the adults.
  • Enjoy your day! The park has only one entrance. We sat close to the entrance and just let the kids be kids. No hovering, no helicoptering… just fun for the kids and fun for the moms(we got to relax knowing our kiddos were safe!)
  • Plan accordingly. The Park is Open Mon to Saturday from 10am to 3:45 pm. The last day of the season is August 14th.

We had a blast and I know you will too! For additional information head here.

Huntington Beach Adventure Playground

7111 Talbert Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA

(714) 842-7442

 

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Water Play

Water Play

Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Kids love to play during the Summer. It has been non-stop play at our home. The kids have played their hearts out for the last four weeks. They’ve gone to the water park, the beach, the park, swimming pool, theme parks, and today we even visited an adventure park. We’ve had quite the fun Summer!!

Play and Summer go hand in hand. Kids are built for play, especially in the Summertime. I’ve learned to always be prepared when we are out having fun this Summer and that means making sure I have some of my favorite Healthy Essentials this Summer. WE always carry our Neutrogena Sunscreen, Band-Aid bandages, and other first aid necessities.

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

First-aid products are our bodies’ partner in play: the cheerleader that helps us get up, dust off and keep going. It’s important to be prepared with the products you need to clean, treat and protect your wounds, so you can get back to doing what you love.  Visit HealthyEssentials.com for expert advice and tips!

The HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save more than $45 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in  July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum

I’ve been trying to take the kiddos on a new adventure once a week. We’ve had some new fun experiences and two weeks ago we visited one of the coolest museums in So Cal. A good friend of mine was going to take her kiddos to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and asked if I wanted to tag along. How could I not tag along? I said of course, packed some goodies and embarked on a little adventure down South.

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

I was impressed from the moment we parked. There is a parking lot located right next to the museum and it is free of charge. We visited on a Friday morning and we easily found a spot. We were oohing and ahhing from the moment we set foot inside. The museum has every type of aircraft imaginable and does an amazing job educating the public about aviation’s history. Not to mention it is just pretty darn cool to be able to be around so many amazing airplanes.  The kiddos were equally impressed!

Checking out a helicopter.

Checking out a helicopter.

We spent about two hours at the museum, but we could have easily stayed for three. The place is amazing!  The museum has dozens and dozens of aircraft. It was interesting to learn all about the advances in technology in a fun environment.

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

The Kids Aviation Action Hangar is a must stop when you visit. The kiddos loved being able to play with a simulator , pretend they were bouncing on the moon, and even partake in some arts and crafts. They absolutely loved every bit of our visit!

Bouncing around the moon!

Bouncing around the moon!

The Kids Hanger.

The Kids Hanger.

If you’re looking for something to do that is a little different with the kiddos, make sure to visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum.  You guys will have a great time! Oh and I would highly recommend grabbing lunch at their Flight Path Cafe. I wish I would have taken a picture of this charming cafe. The Flight Path Cafe is called that, because it literally is on the San Diego’s Airport flight path. About every minute or two you will have a full size jetliner roar by as it makes its descent onto the runway. It was soooooooooo fun! The kiddos(moms too!) were giddy with excitement as each one roared by. It felt like they were going to land right on top of us! I can’t wait to do it again!

The girls couldn't help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

The girls couldn’t help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

Can't wait to visit again!

Can’t wait to visit again!

 

The Museum is open seven days a week and is located inside of Balboa Park. The museum offers free admission to San Diego County Residents on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For additional information head here.

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I grew up going out to Denny’s after church every weekend, and it really feels like home.  I”ve made a whole lot of memories at Denny’s and now I’m going to be making some with my own family!  I’m super excited to be a part of Denny’s Diners Ambassador program! I will be sharing about new promotions at Denny’s and am really looking forward to sharing all about our partnership during the upcoming months.

Red White & Blue Slam

Red White & Blue Slam

One of the first things I wanted to share about was Denny’s New Limited Time Offer Menu, featuring some of Denny’s Classic Hits “Remixed”. That’s right, some of your favorites like, The Original  Grand Slam, Moons Over My Hammy, and the Super Bird, are getting a new “spin”. These chart busting favorites are getting “remixed”.

Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Denny’s has also partnered with Atari and has also remixed three Atari Classics. You can now play food versions of some of your favorite Atari classics!

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The three featured games are Hashteroids(which is a remix of Asteroids), Centipup (which is a remixof Centipede). and Take Out (which is a remix of Break Out). The games are super fun to play and you know what is even better? You can download them for free from apple. You can download them to your c

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