Archive for September, 2011
I think by now you’ve all have heard me go on and on about how much I love this time of year. Truth is I really really love fall and of course Halloween! There are so many super fun events happening this month that I’m sure I won’t be able to cover them all. One of my favorite event’s is taking place every weekend in October at SeaWorld San Diego.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is taking place every weekend in October. This super fun Halloween party features trick or treating, costume parties, special Halloween shows and more! The best part is that this super fun event is included with the price of admission. Kiddos can come dressed up in costume if they would like to. I know that my kiddos LOVE LOVE wearing their costume as many times as possible during the month and I want to make sure to head to SeaWorld, to take advantage of doing just that!
Halloweeen Spooktacular takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October from 1pm to 6pm. If you have been planning to make a visit to SeaWorld, this would be the perfect time. The weather is perfect, the crowds are on the smaller side and the kiddos will enjoy every minute of this super fun Halloween adventure.
To learn more about SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular head here.
I love this time of year and all the fun events that are happening around town! Halloween is fun for both young and old and Knott’s Berry Farm knows how to cater to both. Knott’s is known worldwide for The Haunt. This super fun and scary event is a favorite of my hubby and I’ve always had a blast tagging along with him and being scared out of my mind!
Knott’s Berry Farm doesn’t want the little ones to miss out and they’ve created an event that is sure to be fun for the entire family. Snoopy’s Costume Party will take place every weekend in October. This fun event is geared for kiddos 3 to 11 and offers special Halloween Themed sows, activities for the kiddos, the Monster Dance Party, a costume parade, Trick-or-Treating and two mazes geared for the kiddos. It is a non scare event and perfect for even the tiniest of tots!
Camp Spooky and Snoopy’s Costume Party is included with regular park admission. You don’t have to pay extra to enjoy this super fun party.
I’m heading over with the kiddos this Saturday and can’t wait to share all about our experience. To learn more about it head here.
I’ve always considered myself as having a ” glass half full” kind of attitude. I love to look at the positive and think that things always go well in life when we’re looking at things with the right attitude. It doesn’t mean that I always see things as “half full” but I most certainly try. I think it’s almost crucial to have a great attitude especially when we’re dealing with the kiddos!
I’m so excited to announce that I was selected to be a Positivity Ambassador for the California Milk Processor’s Board by Latina Mom Bloggers. I am honored to take part of this campaign because of two things. I love anything that encourages being positive and I definitely love milk! My family loves milk and we go through it like water(well maybe even more than water!). We use it to make fresh and health smoothies in the morning, as a snack, with our cereal and of course with many dinner recipes and baking. My kiddos know that milk provides a great source of calcium that helps them grow strong bones and that is the perfect companion to mom’s homemade cookies.
Remember that I mentioned earlier that I was so excited to be an ambassador of positivity because I love well anything that encourages a positive attitude? Well let me introduce you to a fun character that will help all of us have a positive attitude…
Meet Simon Felix, The Master of the Glass Half Full or en Español ,El Maestro del Vaso Medio Lleno. He is a fun and fictional character that is here to help us all have our “glass half full”.
Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with the California Milk Processor’s Board and Latina Mom Bloggers
I just came home from spending a beautiful afternoon at Irvine Park. I met up with my blogging buddy, Michele, from Fun Orange County Parks for a play date. The kiddos had a great time exploring, playing and having a great time at Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch.
While I was there I noticed a sign for the upcoming Mars and Stars night out, taking place on October 8th at 6pm. Mars and Stars is a combined effort between OC Parks and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). These very special event is free to the public and is perfect for your little space ranger. The event includes presentations by experts in robotic space exploration, children’s crafts, storytime with OC Public Libraries, stargazing presented by OC Astronomers and scale models of Mars rovers.
JPL will present the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, focusing on the engineering side of the mission. Nagin Cox Assistant Flight System Engineering Manager for the mission will lead the presentation and discuss the new mission technology. This mission is part of NASA’s Mars Exploration Programs, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. The inflatable Curiosity Rover will again be on display. The OC Zoo and Irvine Park Railroad will remain open until dusk for extended family activities.
All events and parking are free to the public, reservations are required. A perfect family adventure through the galaxy at OC Parks.
I really can’t wait to take my kiddos. My daughter and son love learning about space and this seems like it would be fun for the entire family. To learn more about this super fun event head here.
When: Saturday, October 8th at 6pm.
Update: Giveaway now closed. The winners are Rita who left a comment on happyhourmom.blogspot.com and Jenn Herrera who left a comment here. Congrats! Thank you all for entering.
The LA County Fair is in full swing. I had an opportunity to attend the fair’s food preview and had a great time! To me the The LA County Fair is the last hurrah before summer and we always make at least one trip to the fair. The fair runs Wednesday to Sunday and will close it’s doors on Sunday, October 2nd. You have two fun weekends to go out and enjoy everything that the fair has to offer.
There are a few ways you can save when you head to the fair. You can get in for Free on Thursday if you donate a new or gently used. You can also receive $5 admission after 5pm, Wednesday through Friday. All you have to do is head here to download your coupon.
It’s Giveaway time! We’re hosting a combined giveaway from one of my favorite blogging buddies, Becky from HappyHourmom.blogspot.com. We have two family four pack of tickets and parking pass to giveaway. Just leave a comment letting me know why you want to win and that’s it! Head over to HappyHourMom.blogspot.com for another opportunity to enter. Giveaway ends on Monday, Sept 26th at 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!
Last Friday afternoon, we headed to Disneyland to check out the Halloween decorations and take in the sights. We had a great time and my son got his first pair of ”Mouse Ears”. He absolutely loves them and couldn’t wait to put them on. I caught this picture of him as he patiently waited inside the hat shop and watched the Halloween Parade roll by.
For more Wordless Wednesday fun head over to Angry Julie Monday.
I would love to feature your photos of your outings on Wordless Wednesday. If you have any that you would like to share please send them to email@example.com
Winner: Thank you all for entering! The contest is now closed. The winner of the giveaway is Bernadette Swails.
I love to pack a fun and healthy school snacks for the kids. Yogurt is one of our favorite treats at home and last week when we were at the grocery store, my son begged for Dan-0-nino cups to take to school. We bought two packs last week and they are long gone. My kiddos devoured them within days(I can write an entire rant on how the kids eat through a week’s worth of school/lunch items in a day or two).
Dan-o-nino cups are the perfect kid sized treats and come in all the flavors kids love. They come in six flavors which include: Strawberry, strawberry banana, vanilla, banana, peach and raspberry. Dan-O-Nino cups come in 6 and 12 packs and they contain no artificial colors or flavors and no high fructose corn syrup! That’s just the kind of reassurance a mom needs to hear!
Honestly, the best thing about Dan-o-nino cups is that not only are they a perfect snack, they are also yummy and your kiddos will love them… maybe a little too much.
It’s giveaway time!
We are giving away a $50 Visa Card to help you out to pick up Dan-o-nino cups on your next trip to the grocery store. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know what flavor you think you would love to try out. That’s it! Contest ends next Wednesday, September 29th at 11:59 pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good Luck!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by BabyCenter in conjunction with the BabyCenter Blog Network. All prizes and compensation are provided by BabyCenter and Dan-o-nino.
Happy Tuesday everyone! I know it’s only Tuesday night but I am already looking forward to the weekend. I wanted to share with you one very special event taking place next weekend that you don’t want to miss!!
The Orange County Children’s Book Festival will take place on October 2nd at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa. This very special event is the largest of it’s kind in the world and features a day of family fun, especially for the kiddos. The festival features a Free petting zoo area, storytellers, your favorite childrens authors and live entertainment geared for the kiddos.
I’m super excited to attend this year because I finally have a reader! She’s looking forward to buying some fun new books and having fun. I hope you can make it!
For additional info head here.
We love Halloween Time in Southern California and are really looking forward to all of the fun events that are coming up during the next few weeks. One of our new Halloween Traditions is a visit to Legoland’s Brick-or-Treat Party. We visited last year and had such a fun time!
he Halloween Party features a costume party, dance stations to boogie the night away, live entertainment and of course Trick or Treating on the Brick or Treat Trail. Last year, the kiddos headed right for the Trick or Treat Trail and loaded their bags not only with candy but other fun treats, including a free kid’s meal to Chipotle! They had a blast trekking on the trail on a quest for their next treat. We also were able to sneak in a couple of rides and some dancing. We had an incredibly fun time and were pretty much wiped out at the end of the night. I always say that a fun night ends with kids crashing before leaving the parking lot,and last Saturday was most definitely a fun night!
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights are every Saturday and Sunday night in October. Brick-or-Treat Party Nights are included Free with admission or you can pay $25 for evening admission from 5pm to 9pm.
For additional info head here.
One of the most important decisions as parents is choosing the right school for your child. It’s something that is constantly on my mind as my daughter just started first grade last week. I love the idea of homeschooling but with my work schedule and school it really isn’t an option at this time. I wanted to start a weekly series focusing on education and incorporating outings in our children’s education. This week the amazing Christy Fun, owner of Belly Sprout and cofounder of Stories, Jingles and Mommy Mingles, writes about choosing the right school for your child.
From the time we are pregnant we are bombarded with information and decision-making choices whether it is about the actual birth or the best car seat to buy. Once the baby is born we then have to consider a good pediatrician, breast-feeding, products and parenting styles to name a few. When our children are old enough to enter the school systems many of us start to question and ponder the best school for our child. Choosing a preschool and then elementary and high school, may very well be some of the most important decisions we make as parents. We can no longer think of school as somewhere we just “send” our kids to. Early education and the environment for our children is such an important building foundation on how they develop socially and academically in the years to follow. Childhood traumas can happen to our little ones if careful consideration of where and how we choose to educate them is not taken into account. Here are some guidelines on how you can be an active participant in your child’s education insuring that they get the very best.
In order to meet the needs of your family when it comes to education you need to ask yourself what your educational philosophy is. Do you want a formal, academic-based education for your child or are you more in alignment with the arts? Is the public school system O.K. with your family, or would you consider private schools? There are also some nature-based curriculums if you are moved in that direction. Orange County has alternative options for schools such as: Waldorf, Journeys, Montessori, Little Owl and multi-age charters. There is even a growing home school movement for families who wish to take education into their own hands. Whatever your educational philosophy is, take the time to identify it with questions on your own childhood experience and how you would like to have your children educated. These formative years are crucial for your child so invest the time into making sure you are choosing the best for your child and for your family. Understand that once you have clarity on your own personal philosophy, your child may show signs of needing something different. Tuning into those needs early on can save your family a lot of grief if your child is not responding or flourishing in a program that you have chosen. Have an open-mind and be prepared to be flexible.
Taking the time to thoroughly explore your ideas and options in choosing a school will make it easier to decide what works best for your child and your whole family.
Christy and her partner Amy, founded Stories, Jingles and Mommy Mingles as a way to gather moms and their babies and toddlers for bonding through gentle developmental play. They saw a need for smaller class sizes as their first introduction to Mommy and Me classes in the community was both overwhelming with large class sizing and over-stimulating for their own children. They knew there was a better way.The concept Christy and Amy had 8 years ago, came full circle when Belly Sprout re-launched Stories, Jingles and Mommy Mingles in early 2011 with a great response.
The classes which Amy McCamly teaches are classes based upon children learning through play and the use of Reggio Emilia Philosophy. Both child and parent are nurtured through mind, body and spirit. Amy believes that education is a journey, not a race, and a process to be enjoyed. First Steps Preschool and Playgroup offers Mommy and Me classes from NB through ages 5 at Belly Sprout, including Free Story Time and themed craft classes for children of all ages. You can read more at www.bellysprout.com and www.firststepscdc.net.
Christy Funk is the owner of Belly Sprout, Orange County’s first natural parenting store and resource center, servicing the community for 5 years. She shares a home with her husband and two boys, aged 5 and 7 in Orange County and has choosen to homeschool her boys. www.bellysprout.com. Her partner Amy McCamly, has her degree in early childhood education and has been working with children for twenty years.