My Healthy Journey Update #JennyCraigMoment #spon

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* I received promotional consideration for this post. However, the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I used to believe that everyone started New Year’s Resolutions and gave up soon after. Last year I made a resolution to stick my resolution. I only had one, to get healthy, and I did! I have lost almost 120 pounds to date and feel like a new woman(Results not typical. Average weight loss is 1-2 pounds a week).

Last August, I had the opportunity to join Jenny Craig for 8 weeks. I had been at a plateau for months and I learned so much from joining the program. I also lost almost 20 pounds in only 8 weeks!!!  It was pretty simple. Each week I met with my consultant. We discussed challenges I faced with food, my diet, and exercise. I also picked up my food for the week. Boy was it something I looked forward to! I ate the yummiest food, including dessert! It was so simple and I would do it again in a heartbeat!

I learned so much from the experience. I learned about portion control and choosing food that was packed full of nutrients. I can’t tell you how much that has helped me in my overall journey. I think I used to eat huge portions. Jenny Craig showed me exactly how to do it!

If you’ve been thinking about joining Jenny Craig, I can’t recommend it enough. Do it! You can also take advantage of their offer for new members. You can try them Free For a Month (plus the cost of food) + Get $50 in Food Savings*

Jenny Craig launched 8 new menu items in January that include: 

  • Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 
  • Chicken Burrito 
  • Southwest Style Chicken Salad Topper 
  • White Bean Chicken Chili 
  • Kung Pao Beef 
  • Beef Merlot 
  • Chicken Pot Pie 
  • Lemon Cake 

To learn more, visit here.

 

Disclaimer: *Month of free consultations valid with trial membership or program enrollment. Cost of food ($15-$23/day) and shipping not included with offer. $50 food discount to be used in $10 increments for each minimum weekly food purchase of $100 US/$105 CAN. Offer valid at participating centers and Jenny Craig Anywhere, not valid at jennycraig.com. New members only, program enrollment or trial membership required. No cash value. Offer ends on 4/1/16. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. One offer per person. Restrictions apply.

 

Kung Fu Panda 3 and Yogurtland Giveaway #KungFuPanda

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We are huge fans of Kung Fu Panda and are excited that the newest installment will hit theaters this Friday, January 29th. We’ve watched the previous movies and can’t wait to watch this one.


Yogurtland is joining on the fun of Kung Fu Panda 3 by bringing a taste of it to their locations! Through February 28, you’ll be able to enjoy new flavors of their delicious frozen yogurt inspired by  characters from the movie, starting with Po’s Cookies and Cream, Mei Mei’s Dragon Warrior Passion Tart and Bao’s Cherry Tart.To help celebrate Kung Fun Panda 3’s release we’re giving away a Pandalicious Prize Pack.

One (1) winner will receive

  • Yogurtland Gift Card (Valued at $25)
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 Activity Set and Chopsticks

All you have to do is leave a comment on who you plan taking to see Kung Fun Panda 3 and to Yogurtland. That’s it! Giveaway ends on February 3rd at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

 

 

Cavalia Odysseo is Coming to Southern California – Buy your Tickets Now

Have you experienced  a Cirque du Soleil show?  It is an experience like no other. It is a visual feast and provides a multi sensory experience that is one of a kind.  When I read that one of the original creators of Cirque du Soleil had created Cavalia, a show about the relationship between humans and horses, I just knew I had to experience it  for myself.

I’ve watched the show twice on my own and once with the family a few years back. I was so excited to hear that the show is coming back and I can’t wait to take the family again.

Cavalia features many of the same things that I love about Cirque shows.  The live music is mesmerizing. The acrobatics are incredible. The show features dozens of beautiful horses and talented performers. It’s a show that can’t be missed!

Cavalia Odysseo will open on February 3rd, under the White Big Top, at the junction of SR 133 and the 405.  The show will open February 3,  with matinee and evening performances scheduled through February 14.

Tickets start at $29. For additional info head here.

Museum Free-For-All Day – 01/30/2016

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Over twenty museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.

2016 Participating Museums
Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Center for the Arts
Autry Museum of the American West
The Broad
California African American Museum
California Science Center Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
Craft & Folk Art Museum Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All.
Descanso Gardens
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Getty
The Getty Villa Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.
Hammer Museum
Laguna Art Museum
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.
Japanese American National Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Tolerance Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All.
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Orange County Museum of Art
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
The Paley Center for Media
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served.
Sunnylands
Torrance Art Museum
USC Pacific Asia Museum
William S. Hart Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All.

North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High/Wrightwood

Winter is here and from the looks of last week it is going to be quite the winter. Yesterday, I shared about some of our favorite spots to play in the snow in Big Bear. Did you know you don’t really have to travel that far to play in the snow?

Wrightwood is a much easier drive than Big Bear and it’s not too far from most of Southern California. If you’re looking for some sledding fun, check out Mountain High’s Snow Tubing Park, North Pole Tubing. It is the largest facility for tubing in So Cal.  When fully open there are 10 lanes, two moving carpets and custom tubes.

North Pole Tubing Park is open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays thru Mid March.

Tubing Sessions

Space is limited and sessions may sell out up to 2 hours in advance.  Take advantage of the 8:30am Early Bird special. 

8:30AM – 10:00AM $20
10:15AM – 12:15PM $25
12:30PM – 2:30PM $25
2:45PM – 4:45PM $25

-36-42 Inches w/ paying adult: $15
-Tubes are included in the ticket price.
-Children 36 to 42 inches must accompany a parent in a separate tube.
-Children under 36 inches tall are not permitted for safety reasons.

For additional info and directions head here.

Snow Play in Big Bear – Play along the Way

My family loves Big Bear Lake. My in laws have a vacation home in Big Bear Lake and we visit a few times of year during the winter months. We love visiting and playing in the snow for hours. It is the perfect daytrip and there are so many fun places to visit , play,  and make special memories with the family. I’m going to do a little mini-series featuring fun adventures for the family in Big Bear. This first post is all about having fun in the snow and not paying a penny to do so.

One of the best things to do when heading to Big Bear, is to pull over and find a good spot to partake in good old fashioned snow play. There are my great spots to pull over on the way to Big Bear.  We usually head to Big Bear along Hwy 38 or the “back way” as many locals call it. It is a pretty smooth ride and not windy. We usually  exit Orange ave off the  10 fwy in Redlands .  When heading east, we make a left turn on Orange, go for a few blocks to Mentone Blvd, and make a right.  Mentone Blvd turns into Hwy 38 and you will take that road, all the way up to Big Bear.

 

 

A little after church fun. #childhoodunplugged #kids #snow #BigBear #outdoorfun #kids

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One of the first great places to stop off along the way is  Whispering Pines  Nature Trial just past Angeles Oaks.  There is some parking and plenty of room for romping in the snow.  You can also park alonside the road. The second spot is between mile 26 and mile 27. It doesn’t really have a name but it is right past Whispering Pines and you can’t miss it. There is plenty of open space and not many trees. A perfect place to sled and for a good snowball fight.  The area surrounding the Greystone Amphiteater is also a great place for snow play. Just pull off the side of the road and be prepared for some fun.

Make sure to check for weather and road conditions.  Chains are usually required if it is snowing or if it has snowed in the past day or two. We always bring ours just in case.You can skip the chains if you  have a four wheel drive vehicle with a snow setting. If there is weather,  or ice,  be prepared for a bit of a long ride up.It all depends on the weather. For up to the minute weather reports  and  road conditions head here. Have fun!

Dreamworks Dawn of the Croods on Netflix

So much good stuff to watch this time of the year. The favorites like The Search for Santa Paws and The Legend of Frosty the Snowman are still available to stream!

One thing our house is excited about is to watch the all new series The Dawn of the Croods, which debuts on December 24th! We caught the first two episodes at a screening recently – it’s even funnier than the original movie.

 

Holiday Shopping at Ontario Mills

One of our mom and daughter traditions is when we grab our hot chocolate and get some Christmas shopping done. Christmas is just over a week away and we certainly aren’t done yet. Consider wrapping up your holiday shopping with the best deals of the season at the Ontario Mills.

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Bargain hunters and holiday shoppers will find incredible savings at almost all of Ontario Mills’ 200 brand-name retailers, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Factory Store, Tommy Bahama Outlet, Nordstrom Rack, H&M, Forever 21 and J.Crew Factory, as stores deeply discount popular merchandise and this year’s hottest gift items.

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While visiting the center, Santa will be available for holiday photos until December 24. Every Santa visitor will receive a bag of Grandma’s Cookies, ‘The Official Cookie of Santa Claus’ while supplies last. Hours vary. For more information, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/ontario-mills/stream/santa-is-waiting-3796998.

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For more information and a complete list of extra festive holiday hours, call (972) 724-4900, visit http://www.simon.com/mall/ontario-mills, or follow Ontario Mills’ Super Sale Weekend on Facebook.

Ontario Mills is located at the intersection of Interstates 10 & 15 in Ontario, CA, 38 miles east of Los Angeles and within driving distance west of Palm Springs and north of San Diego. It is open regularly from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon-Sat, and 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.on Sunday. For more information on Ontario Mills, visit www.OntarioMills.com or follow Ontario Mills on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OntarioMills or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ShopOntario.

*This was a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Holiday Time at the Disneyland Resort

I am not exaggerating when I say, Wow! the Disneyland Resort decorations are the best they have ever been and there is no way that it can’t get any better next year, and yet again I’m proven wrong by Disney magic. The holidays at the Disneyland Resort are bigger and better than ever. The Disneyland Resort is decked out wall to wall in beautiful holiday decorations. There is something just so magical about visiting Disneyland and Disney California Adventure during this time of the year. Below are some must see things at the parks!

  • A Christmas Fantasy Parade – Gather ‘round to watch some of your favorite Disney Characters—including Disney Princesses—join Santa and his reindeer for a merry, musical holiday salute.
  • Jingle Cruise – We’re decking the hulls… and decks, as the iconic tropical excursion gets a fun and festive twist with lights, decorations and special Christmas-themed experiences.IMG_1134
  • “it’s a small world” holiday – Marvel at the brightly decorated façade. Then sail through a world of joyous yuletide traditions and messages of goodwill from around the globe.
  • IMG_4765Haunted Mansion Holiday – Tour the delightful, frightful mansion featuring a Christmas makeover courtesy of Jack Skellington from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • IMG_4692Paint the Night Parade – A million glowing lights, dazzling special effects and a host of Disney friends make spirits bright in a wondrous spectacle that will take your breath away.paint
  • Disneyland Forever Fireworks – Get ready for an incredible immersive experience as Disneyland Park becomes the backdrop for spectacular sights and sounds. Watch in amazement as favorite Disney stories come alive all around you!
  • Meet Santa Claus at Pooh’s Thotful Spot in Critter Country – at various times throughout the day.

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Medieval Times Meets the Tournament of Roses Royal Court

We recently attended a celebration honoring the 25th year of the partnership between Medieval Times and the Tournament of the Roses. Medieval Times have been equestrian participants for more than 25 years. Each year as part of the tradition, the Rose Parade Royal Court, along with officials make their way down to the Buena Park arena for a special dinner and performance. The Royal Court were then invited to tour the Buena Park Castle, attend a reception, as well as stay and enjoy the dinner show.

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Rose Queen Erika Karen Winter and the six Rose Princesses were treated to an evening of horsemanship, chivalry and exciting swordplay.

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Rose Queen Erika and the Royal Court will make as many as 100 community and media appearances, culminating with the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda and the 102nd Rose Bowl Game® presented by Northwestern Mutual on New Year’s Day.

Medieval Times
Buena Park Castle
7662 Beach Blvd Buena Park, California
(866) 543-9637
medievaltimes.com/buenapark.aspx