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Brick or Treat Party Legoland


The days are flying by, and although it’s hard to believe with 100 degree plus weather, Halloween is only about a month away. It is one of my family’s favorite holidays and we go all out. We love to decorate, dress up, and make our way to some fun Halloween events.

One of our favorites is the Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland. The party is taking place every Saturday in October, plus two Friday nights, October 17th, and October 24th. We make it out each year and it so much fun! There is so much for the kiddos to do. They can trick or treat, dance the night away, costume contests, and Fireworks! Brick-or-Treat is included with general day admission, or you can purchase event only tickets for that evening. Event tickets start at $30 for Friday nights, and $35 for Saturday nights.  We have season passes and get in for Free. It’s one other reason why I love having an annual pass to Legoland.

For additional info or to purchase your ticket head here.

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Denny’s No Kid Hungry

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It’s unfortunate, but 1 in 5 children in the USA are going hungry. 48.8 million Americans—including 16.2 million children— live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.  59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP, School Lunch and WIC.

As some of you know, I work at a middle school where the majority of students depend on school breakfast and lunches.  These are often the only wholesome meal that they eat during the week.  Denny’s is working with Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.  No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in America by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.  Most of us associate Denny’s with breakfast and that’s Denny’s focus in their campaign.


Through September 30th, nearly 1,600 Denny’s nationwide will sell coupons in support of No Kid Hungry’s efforts to help the more than 16 million American children struggling with hunger. For a $3 donation, guests will receive $9 worth of coupons redeemable at participating Denny’s restaurants. Every dollar donated helps feed a child up to 10 healthy meals.


Everyone who donates online will be e-mailed a coupon for $5 off their next $20 meal at Denny’s. Customers can also pledge their support by purchasing one of three exclusive No Kid Hungry campaign t-shirts – designed by Denny’s team members in Texas, Nevada and Kentucky – for $10 each. T-shirts are available at and a portion of all sales goes directly to No Kid Hungry.

You can also donate as little as$1 by clicking below:





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The best burgers around are found only in Temecula at the Bushfire Grill. We have raved about this restaurant in the past.  The use all organic, free range chicken and grass-fed beef. All the ingredients are from sustainable farms. The menu is also full of gluten free and vegetarian options. 

New to their menu is a list of seven gourmet burgers with three different patty options. Burgers can be ordered with house ground beef brisket and round patty, ground lamb patty or a quinoa veggie patty.  Most of the burgers feature their homemade alioli, which is superb.  My son ate the original burger and finished the entire thing. The picture above is the Californian which features sharp cheddar and avocado.  Their hamburger buns are made fresh at the restaurant and they can also serve it to you on a Udi gluten free bun or lettuce wrapped.  These are gourmet burgers so the prices start at $9.95 and are worth every cent for the quality.

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Speaking of quality, all the food is made fresh and displayed to show the freshness and prove that it was made right there in front of you in their visible kitchen.  Our favorite side dishes are the sweet potato fries, garlic mashed potatoes and grilled veggies.

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You can watch your food assembled. Even the focaccia bread is cut to order.

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The restaurant offers a wide selection of local wines and beers, many produced right in Temecula Valley.  Also be sure to try their homemade lemonade.  Bushfire Grill is located at 40665 Winchester Rd. Temecula, CA 92591 (Next to Trader Joes)
Phone Number: 951-296-0190

Hours of Operation:

11:00am – 9:00pm
11:00am – 8:00pm

The next time you head down to the Temecula Wineries for a Mom’s or Dad’s Day Out, stop by Bushfire Grill.  You can order ahead off their website.  Tell them Daytripping Mom sent you!

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Credit: Amtrak

Credit: Amtrak

October is going to be a GREAT month in San Diego for families. I shared earlier that both the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Safari Park are offering free admission to kiddos in October, along with dozens of cool places like the USS Midway, The Birch Aquarium, and many many more places. Kiddos can also travel for free to San Diego in October.

On Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner, kiddos can ride for free with each adult rail fare to Oceanside, Old Town San Diego, and the Downtown San Diego Station. You can travel from the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange County areas.  The Pacific Surfliner kids ride free offer is valid for travel October 1-31, 2014 and three (3) day advance reservations are required.

For additional info head here.


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Last month I shared about the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Kids Free in October. It is a crazy amazing deal and it is my favorite time to visit San Diego. The crowds are gone, the weather is perfect, and you can treat your family to some amazing adventures, without breaking the bank.

If you’re planning a weekend down in San Diego, make sure to take advantage of the San Diego Museum Council’s Free Admission. From October 1st to October 31st,  children 12 and under receive Free Admission with 1 paid adult(2 free children’s admission with one paid adult). There are close to 40 participating museums, including the ones at Balboa Park.

Some of the participating museums and cool places are

  • The San Diego Zoo
  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • The USS Midway
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps (one of my faves!!)
  • San Diego Botanic Gardens
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • and many many more!!!

Download the coupon here! Enjoy!!




Our favorite #Moms4JNJConsumer #HealthyEssentials


 Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, and The Motherhood. However, all opinions are my very own. 

Fall is almost here. You really wouldn’t know it from the heat this weekend, but it really is almost here. The days are getting shorter, and kids are Back to School, or almost Back to School. I returned to work mid August, and my kiddos returned to school a few days after.  Our lazy days of Summer seem far behind now and I have to admit that I’m enjoying being back into a routine(even if that means giving up sleeping in). The kids are happy to be back to school and so am I.

We always make sure to be stocked up on our favorite Healthy Essentials for Back To School. The Healthy Essentials is website is your one stop for savings for some of your favorite products and necessities. You can save over $40 on your favorite essentials, by signing up here.

You can print coupons for the following products:

  • Save $1.00 on JOHNSON’S® Baby NO MORE TANGLES® or Extra Conditioning hair care product (excludes sizes 1 oz.-4 oz., JOHNSON’S® BUDDIES® and JOHNSON’S® KIDS® products)
  • Save $2.00 on any (2) AVEENO® products (excludes cleansing bars and moisturizing bars, trial sizes and 2.5 oz. lotion sizes)
  • $1.00 on any (1) NEUTROGENA® Cleansing, Moisture, or Acne product
  • Save $1.00 on any (1) LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash, or (1) LISTERINE® NATURALS Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN® Antiseptic, or (1) LISTERINE® TOTAL CARE, or (1) LISTERINE® ZERO®, or (1) LISTERINE® FLUORIDE DEFENSE® Anticavity Mouthwash product (Valid on products 1L or larger)
  • and many other products. I listed just some of my favorites.

For additional tips, coupons, and more make sure to check out the Healthy Essentials website.


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This is the closest thing to experiencing real live dinosaurs as you can get! It’s WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR. We got up close and personal with some of the most amazing man-made terrible lizards that have ever been seen.  This show has traveled the world over and is back again in Southern California. We caught the show four years ago during it’s last visit and were beyond excited to experience it again.

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The show is safe for kids of all ages. It is separated into 2 acts with each act being about 45 minutes long. This is perfect for young attention spans. It’s educational as well as entertaining, as our paleontologist guide helps us travel over millions of years to see dinosaurs in-person.  The special effects are wonderful and the creative use of the arena was amazing.

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WALKING WITH DINOSAURS THE ARENA SPECTACULAR is currently at the Honda Center through September 7th and will be performed at STAPLES Center for a limited seven-performance engagement from Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, September 14.  There are still great seats available to most performances.  More info on the show can be found here.

Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

Walking With Dinosaurs is one amazing show!

As I mentioned the show is quite educational. Here is a link to an activity guide to further engage your children with learning and understanding about dinosaurs.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this show as much as we did.
Disclosure: We were provided complimentary seats for purposes of the review. All opinions are my own.

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I love sharing about special events that are pretty darn rad, and the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live is just that. This annual event is taking place on Saturday, September 27th.

Museum Day 2014 will offer you and a guest(all you have to do is head to this link and print out a free card) FREE general admission to hundreds of museums and cultural venues nationwide. California has over 80 participating museums! This is the perfect opportunity to make that visit to a particpating museum that you have been wanting to visit. No excuses!

All you have to do is head here and print out your Free card. It allows you and a guest admission to participating museums. Simple as that!

Click on over to find a museum near you. We participated last year and had a fantastic time. I hope you do too!

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mickeys_halloween_partyWohoo! Mickey’s Halloween Party is around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on getting your tickets before they sell out. This super fun party is back for 14 nights during select times in September and October. Mickey’s Halloween Party will take place on September 26th, 30th, and October 3rd, 6th, 8th, 10th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 22nd, 24th, 27th, 29th, 31st.

The kiddos ready to trick-or-treat their hearts out!

The kiddos ready to trick-or-treat their hearts out!

This fun seasonal event takes place during Halloween Time at Disneyland Park. I love being able to dress up with my kids, enter the park after hours, and trick or treat all over the park. It is sooooo much fun!!!  Plus, you can’t miss the fireworks. The Disneyland Halloween Fireworks are the best and are exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party.

It has become an annual tradition for our family and we seriously are counting down the days! It’s going to be so fun! The first year I took my daughter, I had to buy my ticket off Ebay. I was lucky to score one and made sure to always buy our tickets ahead of time.

So what are you waiting for? Get your tickets now before they sell out. We are going on opening night and I can’t wait!!!

Oh and don’t forget, Annual Passholders get discount tickets on select nights. For additional info head here.


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I’ve shared about our family’s love for Denny’s Restaurants. We love heading there for breakfast, and whenever we are in need of some comfort. We also love to take advantage of their kids eat free nights (they vary by participating location). I’m super excited to have partnered with them to be a part of their Denny’s Diners Ambassadors.

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I’ve shared about their Limited Time Offer Menu, and let me just share that we had the opportunity to had dinner at Denny’s a week ago, and my dad had the opportunity to try the Baja Moons Over My Hammy, and could not stop raving about it. It is so good! We can’t wait to keep you posted on all of the latest Denny’s news and menu items. They always have the funnest new treats, like the new Strawberry Pancake Puppies. They are out of this world. My hubby couldn’t get enough of them. They are sooooo delish! BRND-H5766-homepage-marquee-V2-Moons-Over-My-Hammy

I had the opportunity to sit down with my family and enjoy the latest Denny’s entrees and they were so out of this world. I love that as an ambassador, I have the opportunity to get the latest scoop on everything Denny’s related, including family promotions, new menu items and more! Make sure to follow the #DennysDiners hashtrack for the latest ambassador updates!

I can’t wait to share more about the different So Cal promotions and other good stuff. Make sure to follow Denny’s Diner on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates! Oh and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram too!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post .

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