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Let’s Celebrate!

Last week I shared about Disney on Ice  Let’s Celebrate coming to Southern California in the next few weeks. We’ve had the opportunity to attend  to a couple of Disney on Ice shows and they are so much fun! Disney on Ice – Let’s Celebrate is coming to a city near you!

The show will play at the following locations :

Los Angeles

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14

  • Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)

 Anaheim 

WHEN:   Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21

  • Tuesday, December 16 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 17 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 18 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 19 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 20 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)* 

 Ontario

WHEN:  Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28

  • Thursday, December 25 6:00 PM
  • Friday, December 26 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 27 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 28 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 WHERE:                Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*

Long Beach

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Wednesday, December 31 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 1 6:00 PM
  • Friday, January 2 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 3 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 4 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*

 

We’re giving away two tickets to any of the following shows

Staples Center 12/10 & 12/11 – 7:30

12/12 : 11:30 am

Honda Center  12/16 ,12/17 & 12/18 – 7:30pm

12/18 10:30am & 1:30pm

12/19 1:30pm

Citizens Arena 12/25 6:00pm

12/26 11:00 am

12/26 3:00pm

Long Beach       12/31  4:30pm

01/01 6:00pm

01/02  11:30 am

Giveaway ends on 11/22 at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at Random. Good luck!

 

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We had a fun time last month attending the UCLA game at the world famous Rose Bowl.  We cheered on the Bruins who fought tough and eventually won the game.  The Rose Bowl holds a lot of people which means a lot of cars that need somewhere to park, (we drove our Honda!), so when you attend a game, be prepared to walk a ways, but it’s worth it!  We were amazed at how elaborate some of the tailgaters were with barbecues and big screen televisions.

On game day, tickets for children 3-12 years old are just $5 and general admission seating is as little as $20 for some games.  There’s some great food options at the stadium. Apart from the standard stadium food (hot dogs, pretzels), the Rose Bowl also offers more unusual and unique halftime options, including Mexican food, hand-squeezed lemonade, and Dippin’ Dots.  We had a chicken teriyaki bowl that was pretty tasty.

You’ve seen the commercials about Helpful Honda, well it’s a real thing.  Southern California Helpful Honda are really out there helping out people with stuff.  In fact, all around the Rose Bowl stadium, the Helpful Guys and Gals in Blue were seen greeting fans, picking up trash, and giving out game-day essentials like hand sanitizer, portable radios, & more. Plus, Honda drivers are being surprised with seat upgrades and for a few lucky UCLA fans there is even an upgrade to dream seats right at field level!  It’s great seeing a company that offers free services to the public.

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The Guys in Blue will continue to be around at various home games during the remaining UCLA football season. To find out when they will be at the Rose Bowl next and to learn more about other acts of helpfulness in Southern California, make sure to like them at https://www.facebook.com/SoCalHondaDealers and follow them on Twitter @HelpfulHonda.

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This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

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We always have a carton of organic real milk in our refrigerator.  It will come in handy as we plan for a Latin GRAMMYS viewing party this Thursday night!  Milk is fortified with vitamin D, another important player in bone health, and it has other vital nutrients, including protein, phosphorous, vitamin A and some B vitamins, most of all, it tastes great!

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For the party this week, we’re making Leche Frita – Fried Milk! It has a funny name but tastes delicious.

2 cups milk
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons sugar
11-inch-by-3-inch strip of lemon peel
1 stick cinnamon
1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
3/4 cup plain panko bread crumbs

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Step 1 – Using a wire whisk, combine the milk, cornstarch, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon stick in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil while whisking, then lower the heat and continue to whisk for 10 minutes. Whisk constantly so the mixture does not scorch.

Step 2 – After the 10 minutes of whisking, the pudding mixture should be very thick. Remove and discard the lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Pour the mixture into a 9-inch-by-4-inch ceramic or glass loaf pan, and allow to cool for at least 24 hours uncovered on your kitchen countertop.

Step 3 – When your pudding mixture has cooled and dried completely, cut into 12 equal sized squares.

Step 4 – Prepare three shallow dishes to use when dredging your leche frita. Fill the first dish with the flour, scramble the eggs well in the second dish, and fill the third dish with the panko.

Step 5 – Heat the vegetable oil in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Pass a square of the leche frita though the flour, then coat with the egg, and then pass through the dish of panko breadcrumbs.

Step 6 – Using a slotted spatula, carefully place the uncooked square of leche frita in the hot vegetable oil, and fry until golden on one side, about 1 minute. Carefully turn to the other side, and fry for another minute. Remove the leche frita to a pan lined with paper towels to cool. Fry all of the squares in the same fashion. Serve warm.

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Drinking milk has been one of the keys to the success of many artists attending the Latin GRAMMYS. Milk builds strong bones and give you stamina to keep up with all of that salsa dancing! And just imagine all the milk that Pitbull must drink.  It’s always a good time to #tomaleche!

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"Skipper" Naming at Aquarium of the Pacific

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Last week our contributor, Liz (my beautiful sister), had the opportunity to attend a Penguins of Madagascar event at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  She had the opportunity to frolic with some very cute little penguins. Did you know that there are 17 types of penguins and most of them live in climates with temps similar to those in Southern California?

 

My sister and nephew with the Penguins!

My sister and nephew with the Penguins!

To  celebrate the Penguins of  Madagascar in their very own feature film, The  Aquarium of the Pacific named  their newest baby Penguin  “Skipper”.  Liz  had the opportunity to really see these little guys close up. You can also get up close and personal with over a dozen penguins at the June Keyes Penguin Habitat at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

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The June Keyes Penguin Exhibit

 

It was a super fun event and it really got us all excited about the upcoming movie, The Penguins of Madagascar. We’ve loved every single Madagascar film and can’t wait to watch this one. It looks like it’s going to be super fun! The movie will be out in theaters nationwide on November 26th! Just in time for the holiday weekend. I can’t wait to take my kiddos!

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It’s Giveaway Time! To celebrate the Penguins of Madagascar’s Release and so that you can get up and close with penguins, we are giving away a family four pack of tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you would take to the aquarium and to the Penguins of Madagascar movie. That’s it! Giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 19th at 11:59pm.  Winner will be chosen at Random. Good Luck!

 
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A visit to Riley's Farm is a must!!

A visit to Riley’s Farm is a must!!

I’ve always wanted to go apple picking in Oak Glen and we never got around to it.  Fall is a busy time of year with sports and back to school activities. This year I decided we had to visit, even if it meant late in the season. Today was the day and we finally made it out to Oak Glen. I’m so glad we did because we had an absolute blast!!

My daughter with one of the apples she picked.

My daughter with one of the apples she picked.

We had a blast from the minute we got off the car. My first word of advise is to bring a jacket or hoodie. It gets a little cold up there and you don’t want to get caught without a jacket. You also want to make sure you’re wearing comfy covered shoes. We decided to pick at Riley’s Apple Farm. There are about 7 U-Pick farms and we decided to visit Riley’s Apple Farm #1.

Oak Glen is beautiful!

Oak Glen is beautiful!

We could have just walked around the grounds of Riley’s for hours. It’s a beautiful place and everyone is so friendly.  There is plenty of kiddos to do. Our kiddos just wanted to walk around and take it all in. They had a blast exploring all of the different buildings on the farm and they also had a cute play area that the kiddos fell in love with.

They wanted to knock on every door!

They wanted to knock on every door!

My kids fell in love with this fun little hen house.

My kids fell in love with this fun little hen house.

This little playhouse was a hit with kids of all ages.

This little playhouse was a hit with kids of all ages.

There are so many different things for the kids to do. You can of course pick apples, press your apple cider, participate in archery/tomohawk/knife throwing for only $1, go on a hay ride and so much more. This late in the season the activities run only on the weekends. The farm is however open for picking Tuesday to Sunday.

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Pressing your own cider.

Pressing your own cider.

 

The apple picking part was a blast. It is late in the season and the trees were picked through, however we still had a blast. We were able to collect two bags full, which were about 6 pounds total. You are charged by the pound. We picked a little over 3 pounds which put us right under $20.00. It was seriously so much fun! The weather was perfect and the kids had a blast taking turns choosing a tree and picking their own apples.

Picking the perfect apple.

Picking the perfect apple.

On our way out we asked when the best time to visit and they recommended to visit during September. The official season starts in September and ends in November. However, you can start picking as soon as the apples are ready to pick and this year they started picking on July 8th!!!

If you’re going to visit late in the season you have to visit on the weekends, since most farms are closed. Oak Glen is a great day trip and there are a number of fun places to stop and visit. We can’t wait to go again next season and might just make it back for the apple butter festival, Thanksgiving Weekend!

For additional information head here.

 

 

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Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

Credit : Irvine Park Railroad

We love Irvine Park and the Irvine Park Railroad. We visit often and it’s become a tradition to head to Irvine Park Railroad for Easter, Halloween and my favorite holiday of all, Christmas. This will be the 7th year in a row that we have made our way up to the Irvine Park Railroad Christmas train to visit Santa and participate in all of the fun activities. We bring our extended family, a thermos filled with hot chocolate, treats and take the train to meet Santa and take pictures.

Last year's fun!

Last year’s fun!

We usually head to the  park early to partake in the many fun activities including cookie decorating and Santa’s Bounce House.  The kiddos love cheesing around the different photo stations and also love storytime with Mrs. Claus. There are quite a few fun activities that are free of charge for the family. If you get there early you can usually  avoid waiting in line. This year like last year you can purchase your tickets in advance online for a specific time and avoid waiting in line.  You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.

The kids had a blast "ice fishing"

The kids had a blast “ice fishing”

The Christmas Train will run from November 28th to December 23rd this year. Make sure to buy your tickets ahead of time and avoid waiting in line!

It’s Giveaway Time!

We’re giving away

  •  4 Christmas Train tickets
  •  6 Christmas Train activity tickets
  •  1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike rental (excludes the double surrey)
  •  1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

Our giveaway is only running for two days, so make sure to enter quickly! Giveaway ends on Thursday, November 13th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random using random.org. Good luck!

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

Disney on Ice Returns to So Cal with their holiday show, Let’s Celebrate! Disney on Ice comes to Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and Long Beach bringing more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together.

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura.

The best part is that you can get select tickets on opening night! How cool is that?

It’s a fun show and perfect for the holiday season. The show will play at the following locations :

Los Angeles

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 10 – Sunday, December 14

  • Wednesday, December 10 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 11 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 12 11:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 13 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 14 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                STAPLES Center – 1111 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90015

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)

 Anaheim 

WHEN:   Tuesday, December 16 – Sunday, December 21

  • Tuesday, December 16 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, December 17 7:30 PM
  • Thursday, December 18 10:30 AM & 7:30 PM
  • Friday, December 19 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, December 20 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 21 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                Honda Center – 2695 E. Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806

TICKETS:     Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)* 

 Ontario

WHEN:  Thursday, December 25 – Sunday, December 28

  • Thursday, December 25 6:00 PM
  • Friday, December 26 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 27 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 28 1:00 PM & 5:00 PM

 WHERE:                Citizens Business Bank Arena – 4000 Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario, CA 91764

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*

Long Beach

WHEN:   Wednesday, December 31, 2014 – Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Wednesday, December 31 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, January 1 6:00 PM
  • Friday, January 2 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM
  • Saturday, January 3 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 4 11:00 AM, 3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

WHERE:                Long Beach Arena – 300 E. Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802

TICKETS:             Ticket prices range from $22 – $30; $45/$50 (VIP) and $75/$80 (Front Row)*

Tickets available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the venue Box Office.     *prices vary between weekday/weekend shows; tickets may be subject to service charges, facility and handling fees.

You can also use the discount code MOM14 for select performances.  You can get a family four pack of tickets for $80.

For additional info head here.

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Nov
04

CHOC Walk In The Park 2014

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My daughter and I had another year of wonderful memories walking in the CHOC Walk in the Park at the Disneyland Resort this year.  A total of  $2 million dollars was raised by participants from all over the country and even from some abroad. Many people enjoy dressing up similar to their favorite Disney characters.  Another fun aspect is that there are character photo ops all along the pathway, where you can pause for a quick picture before continuing on your way. Every year, several lesser-seen characters are often seen along the route.

CHOC Walk in the Park

Prizes are awarded for those who fundraiser higher amounts of money.  Some of the big prizes this year included a luxury watch, a night in a suite for a Duck’s games, free Chick-Fil-A for a year and a pampering package from Massage Envy.  Lower prize levels also had some great items like free food coupons and some fun swag.
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The CHOC Walk covered three miles throughout the Disneyland® Resort, including Disneyland, Disney California Adventure Park  and ending in Downtown Disney. Since its inception in 1990, the the CHOC Walk in the Park has raised over $24 million with these funds supporting a variety of patient and family programs at CHOC, including education, research and the adoption and utilization of the latest technologies to advance the health of children.
Next years date will be announced shortly and you can bet that we’ll be participating. 2015 will also mark the 25th anniversary of the CHOC Walk!

For more information visit CHOCWalk.org

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Nov
03

SoCal Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

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My little guy had a great time ice skating last year!

I know it’s only November 3rd, but I’m already dreaming of a fun Thanksgiving and Winter Break. I have the time off with my children and love planning fun activities during the break.  Winter break/Thanksgiving Break is synonymous with outdoor ice skating rinks for me. Last year, I took both kiddos ice skating and they had a blast.

You actually don’t have to wait until Winter Break to get your skate on. A couple  of the outdoor rinks are open for business now. Bundle up and get ready for a chilly good time!

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Quantum-TV

We have been enjoying the new Verizon Quantum TV. This month they have also featured a free preview the new Disney On Demand channel.  Quantum TV has simplified a major problem with our modern television viewing. Now each of our three televisions can access the DVR, pause TV and record more than two shows at a time.  My husband can watch his old movies on Turner Classic in our bedroom, the kids can watch their Disney XD programs in the loft and I can watch my Lifetime movies On-Demand in the family room.

The new service also features 200 hours of HD storage. That’s enough to store an entire season of Walking Dead and then some! Verizon reports that currently, more than one-third of all TV viewed is recorded content, and adoption of DVR capabilities has grown roughly 60 percent over the past five years.

One of the main reasons why we love our @verizonca Quantum service #FIOSFuels

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According to the latest Verizon FiOS Innovation Index survey, 78 percent of respondents nationwide want more DVR storage capacity to record and save more TV programs and movies. Survey responses also revealed that 63 percent want more tuners so everyone can watch and record live TV when they want; 63 percent want to watch DVR-recorded programs on every TV in the house; and 57 percent want to pause, rewind and fast forward live TV programs on every TV in the house.

I should also state that television viewing is limited in our house to specific times during the day and to specific types of programming. We enjoy access to all the Discovery channels which are mostly educational. We also watch lots of music programming on Palladia and VH1 Classic.  Many of our favorite movies and some fantastic specials have been found on EPIX.

 

Disclosure: Verizon FiOS provided us with a Quantum TV upgrade for purposes of this review.

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