Archive for July, 2012
Do you have a youngster at home that is a baseball fan and would love a chance to sit in the Angels dugout??? How about a child that dreams of going into broadcasting who would leap at the chance to check out the press box at Angel Stadium?? Our contributor Robert shares about a fun tour that I can’t wait to take my kids on.
Angel fans of all ages are invited to take a guided tour of Angel Stadium to get a “behind the scenes” look at areas that are rarely accessible to the general public. For only $5 for adults and $3 for kids between ages 3-18, you can get a first hand look at the Angels Dugout, Press Box, Press Conference room and the visitors clubhouse.
Since my almost 6 year old daughter has been to several games and has her own Angel cap and hot pink baseball bat, I think that she is ready to appreciate the inner workings of Anaheim Stadium. I plan to take our family on this tour in the near future.
*Reservations are required for tours, call 714 940 -2070 .
During the Angels off-season, tours take place every Tuesday (with the exception of holidays) at 9:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
During the season, tours are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. when the team is out of town. Tours are not offered on dates when the Angels have a home game.
** Please note on any particular date tours may not be available due to an event at the ballpark. You can always call 714-940-2070 to confirm that tours are taking place.
*tours last approx 75 minutes, and wheelchair access is available.
* 30 day notice to book a tour is recommended.
For additional info head here.
I have a pair of Angels tickets to giveaway. Perfect for a Parent and Me night or a date night. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you will take and we will select a winner at random. Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 1st at 11:59pm. Good luck!
Hands down my favorite season has to be summer. The kids are out of school, we are carefree, the weather is meant to be enjoyed outside and the nights are relaxed and breezy. I work the first part of the day, which works out great because my kiddos are sleepy heads. They rarely get up before noon (yes, I know!) and spend the first hour in a daze. In the summer swim lessons are in order. We usually head to the pool in the early afternoon for class and then a quick swim. After that the day is ours! We love to pack a quick bite and head to the beach to fly a kite, play in the sand or to a park with breeze to have some fun.
Other times when it’s too hot for our comfort, we stay inside playing a board game, having a movie day or just letting the kiddos ride their bikes and lounge around. In essence summer is all about living the easy breezy life and that means for us always having something fun to drink with us. This summer it’s been all about having Hansen’s Natural Soda. It’s the real deal! Not only does Hansen’s Natural Cane Soda delicious, it is derived from REAL fruits and spices grown around the world. Wonder why it tastes so good? It’s because Hansen’s uses Real Cane Sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. It’s the real deal and it tastes great!
My personal favorite is Hansen’s Root Beer. It is so darn good. The Key Lime Twist and Kiwi Strawberry are also amazing. They are the perfect summer drink and a staple in my beach cooler. What’s your favorite?
I would love to hear about your typical summer day? What do you and the kiddos do in the summer?
Disclosure: This is part of Hansen’s Summer Fling Campaign. However all opinions are my own and pretty darn honest
I love musicals and Mary Poppins is one of my favorites! I’ve watched the show a few times and try to catch it every time the show comes to town. Mary Poppins will be at the Ahmanson Theatre from August 9 to September 2nd. The show is fantastic and great for kids. Both of my kiddos watched it last year and had a great time!
You can get discount tickets for $49 (regularly priced at $72) . The offer is good for select seats during opening week of August 9th through 17th. To purchase tickets, call 213.972.4400 and mention code SUGAR. You can also buy online here and entering the promo code Sugar. To learn more about the show head here.
I love being a mom. It is the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever held and I wouldn’t want to change one bit of it. Motherhood has been a dream come true for me. I struggled for over 5 years to become a mom and it’s made me appreciate even more the blessings that come with being a mother. I remember when the nurses placed my daughter in my arms for the first time and thinking to myself, wow, I’m responsible for this precious little being. I still am in awe most days, that I’m a mother and that I have been given this wonderful opportunity and responsibility. I want to make sure my kiddos know that whatever they choose to do in life, I will be there supporting them and making sure their dreams come true.
Olympic Season is upon us and as I watch my kiddos get excited about the Olympics, I can’t help to dream and think maybe one day they could be part of it. I couldn’t help but get a little teary eyed, watching some of the commercials from the Thank You, Mom by P&G Campaign. The Campaign thanks moms for all of their hard work behind the scenes, that work hard to make their children’s dreams become a reality. I like to think that behind every successful athlete there is a great mother that has been supportive and making sure that their child could achieve their dreams.
Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to an Olympian’s mother, Ondina Lopez, that is making her children’s dreams come true. Not only does she have one child headed to the 2012 Olympic hopefuls,she has two! Steven and Diana Lopez are both London 2012 Olympic Games hopefuls in Taekwondo
Ondina has always supported her children in their pursuit of Taekwondo. The kids used to practice in the garage, and during the winter she would run the dryer when they were practicing to help warm the garage, and would bring them ice and water during the summer.
Crest & Oral-B Complete help give Taekwondo fighter Steven López the confidence to show off his healthy, winning smile. López, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and bronze medalist will be competing in the 80kg division at this year’s Games. Crest & Oral-B Complete have also partnered with Steven’s mother, Ondina López, to highlight the importance mom’s support can play in an athlete’s success.
Ondina Taking Care of the Kids
To learn more about P&G’s Thank You Mom Campaign and the Oral Care Olympic Games Campaign head here.
Last weekend we spent some time in Laguna Beach. We hit the beach, the festivals and what has now become our favorite park, Bluebird Park. This wonderland for kids is located off Bluebird Canyon Road and is sure to be huge hit with your kiddos. The play areas are fantastic and the park is gated. You can relax a bit and be assured that your kiddos are having the time of their lives without having to worry too much.
You will find that children of all ages will enjoy this park. There is a play area for every playgroup. You will also find slides for the little ones and ones that older kids and adults would enjoy.
There are tunnels to discover, swings to swing on, rocket ships to let the imagination soar and so much more. I wish I would have had time to take more pictures, but I was busy chasing down kiddos that were having the time of their lives.
The park is also home to a summer concert series. Here is the upcoming schedule
- 7/29 Upstream – Reggae and Ska
- 8/5 Hollywood U2
- 8/12 Tom Nolan Band
- 8/19 Stone Soul
- 8/26 Knyght Ryder
Shows beging at 5pm and you can begin setting up your blankets and chairs as early as 3pm. We watched many families bring a picnic basket, set up their chairs for the concerts and then let the kiddos have the time of their lives playing their hearts out.
Parking can be a little tricky but we were able to find one a short walk away. The park is found on the intersection of Bluebird Canyon Rd and Cress Ave.
798 Blue Bird Canyon Drive
I hope you can make your way there at least once this summer! I promise your kiddos will have a blast!
Living and growing up in Southern California, sunglasses are a staple for me. I don’t leave home without them and I always have an extra pair in my car. I think for most of us they are almost a necessity with driving and living an outdoor lifestyle. I am always diligent about making sure to use my sunglasses but I have to admit that have not been very diligent about making sure my children wear their sunglasses. In a recent survey of 10,000 U.S. adults, 73 percent of parents wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from ultraviolet radiation, while only 58 percent have their children wear sunglasses. I admit, I am one of the 42 percent that has been a little careless about establishing good vision habits.
I recently had an opportunity to participate in a great discussion about the importance of vision health and eye safety, especially when it comes to the little ones. Did you know that children receive three times the annual sun exposure of adults, and they have an immature lens, which makes them especially susceptible to UV-related damage. UV exposure at any age can cause both short and long term vision problems – many of which can’t be reversed. I have to be honest that before the discussion I had not given much thought to the dangers of UV rays exposure does to the little eyes.
One important thing we can do to help protect our kiddos is buying UV-protective sunglasses from a reputable retailer, and of course making sure we use them! To determine if your sunglasses are reliable, look for a little sticker or tag on the lens that shows compliance with criteria set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The label “UV 380″ covers all UVA and UVB rays.
We are going sunglass shopping for my son this weekend. My daughter has a great pair of glasses that she wears whenever she’s out. She loves the look of sunglasses since she is such a girly girl, but with my son it always hasn’t been easy. So this weekend I set up a time to head over to the mall and find a great pair of sunglasses that he will like and wear. I figure the best way to make sure to do that is by allowing him to pick his own pair out. We can also be great examples by making sure we always wear our own pair.
To learn more about sunglasses and finding the perfect pair head here.
This past weekend we took the family to the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. The kiddos had a great time and as I shared earlier in the month the festivals has some fantastic free classes that the entire family will enjoy. My daughter and son both took the free pottery class and they can’t wait to take another one.
To learn more about the festival head and the classes head here.
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I’m always on the lookout for fun summer adventures and this is one you don’t want to miss! The Big! World! Fun! Family Series takes place over eight Saturday mornings in the summer. The hour-long music, dance and theatre performances are for children ages 4 to 10 and their families. The series takes place at the Ford Amphitheater. This super fun Saturday morning extravaganza is Free for kiddos and only $5 for adults. Parking is only a dollar.
The shows are designed for the little ones and they can let their hair down and have a great time. It is the perfect way to introduce the kiddos to the theaters. Arrive early to take advantage of the pre show activities and stay late for the meet and greets. Bring water, a floppy hat, sunscreen and you are ready to go!
For additional info and to purchase tickets for the next upcoming show, Saturday July 28th, head here.
Our contributor Robert shares about a special event he had the opportunity to experience with his family.
On a recent day in Griffith Park, Frigidaire held an outdoor event with plenty of games and activities for children. Once the children had their fun with the games, the real fun began when each child was given a new white t-shirt and then were told to intentionally get the shirts dirty. My daughter was downright giddy at the opportunity to be able to stain the shirt. The kids were given chocolate milk and popsicles and even the dreaded red fruit punch to pour on the shirt. The goal was for the children to have fun, but also to put Frigidaire’s Affinity Front Load washer to the test to see if it could handle the stains that the kids made. Frigidaire had their washing machines on site and proved to be up to the task by getting my daughters tough stains to completely vanish. I must say that I was impressed.
Movie star Jennifer Garner, looking like she hasn’t aged a bit since the days of her hit tv show Alias, was also on hand to promote her new Disney movie, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” The movie which is scheduled to open on August 15th, deals with a married couple who are unexpectedly thrust into the role of becoming parents when a child shows up in their doorstep. It’s a touching PG rated movie that might even leave you misty eyed at its tender portrayal of parenting and family life.
In addition to promoting the film, Garner spoke about a charity that is near and dear to her heart, Save the Children. Specializing in helping children around the world in a multitude of ways such as education, proper nutrition, and literacy, Save the Children leads the way in breaking the cycle of poverty. Frigidaire has made a generous commitment of $750,000 to various programs to benefit children around the world.
Today we have a guest post from writer Dan Patterson of CityPASS:
Try telling a child, any child, that this year they’re going to Disneyland and watch their face immediately light up. Most of them will then move into the “Anticipation Stage” which generally involves a lot of sleepless nights and excited talk about their favorite movies and the rides they plan to go on at least 15 times. When it’s all said and done, though, what will they have to remember the experience? Just some expensive souvenirs and the standard pictures of them standing next to whatever mascot that wasn’t busy at the time.
I’m not saying your children are going to find the experience forgettable, because a trip to any of the famous attraction around southern California can leave indelible impressions, but there are some simple things you can do to help your kids hold onto their own memories and make the excitement of the trip last a little bit longer.
Give Them the Camera
I don’t mean give them your expensive, super-high-definition camera. I mean buy a disposable camera for each of your kids and let them go to town. Kids will get bored by the thirteenth time you tell them to “go over there and smile.” When they have their own camera, though, they can capture the images that meant something to them. When the trip is over, and you’re looking through your children’s pictures of Cars Land or one of the daily parades down Main Street, you may get to see the park from a whole different perspective.
A Personal Notebook
Even if your kids are just reaching that stage where they can put their thoughts down on paper, a personal notebook to record their impressions in words can help them really cement their memories of their favorite theme parks. This is a particularly good option if you go to somewhere like Universal Studios. Your kids are going to love the Transformers 3D ride, but they can’t exactly take a picture in the middle of it. Encourage them to write down their favorite parts of the adventure, and they’ll look back on it with fondness for years.
Sketch It Out
For those kids who just don’t like to write, or haven’t really acquired the skill, or just have more artistic tendencies, hand them a fresh, new sketch book. Let them draw some of their favorite memories, whether it’s in pen, pencil, or crayon, and talk about it together after the trip.
The Follow Through
Right now you might be thinking something along the lines of: “A pen and paper? Really? How archaic is that? There’s no way my children will take the time to do that.” But the truth is that this is just the start. A means to an end. If you really want to help your kids preserve their own memories you can encourage them to take their own pictures and write their own memories by promising to post the results on your own blog or Facebook page. Tell them that if they do a really good job you’ll put their pictures up there with their words so all your friends and family can see how great the experience was.
I can almost guarantee that your friends will read it and quickly hit the “Like” button, and your kids will get to relive some of those great experiences as they see others reading and appreciating their work. This way, you’re not just commemorating the experience; you’re helping to extend that initial excitement, too.