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Water Play

Water Play

Disclosure: This post is part of the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® 2014 program by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc. and The Motherhood, who sent me a box of products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are all my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Kids love to play during the Summer. It has been non-stop play at our home. The kids have played their hearts out for the last four weeks. They’ve gone to the water park, the beach, the park, swimming pool, theme parks, and today we even visited an adventure park. We’ve had quite the fun Summer!!

Play and Summer go hand in hand. Kids are built for play, especially in the Summertime. I’ve learned to always be prepared when we are out having fun this Summer and that means making sure I have some of my favorite Healthy Essentials this Summer. WE always carry our Neutrogena Sunscreen, Band-Aid bandages, and other first aid necessities.

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

Our Summer Healthy Essentials!

First-aid products are our bodies’ partner in play: the cheerleader that helps us get up, dust off and keep going. It’s important to be prepared with the products you need to clean, treat and protect your wounds, so you can get back to doing what you love.  Visit HealthyEssentials.com for expert advice and tips!

The HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program is offering amazing printable coupons, tips & tools and so much more for all the products you and your family love. You can save more than $45 by visiting http://www.HealthyEssentials.com in  July and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons and offers

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The San Diego Air & Space Museum

The San Diego Air & Space Museum

I’ve been trying to take the kiddos on a new adventure once a week. We’ve had some new fun experiences and two weeks ago we visited one of the coolest museums in So Cal. A good friend of mine was going to take her kiddos to the San Diego Air & Space Museum and asked if I wanted to tag along. How could I not tag along? I said of course, packed some goodies and embarked on a little adventure down South.

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

The Air & Space Museum is a must visit!

I was impressed from the moment we parked. There is a parking lot located right next to the museum and it is free of charge. We visited on a Friday morning and we easily found a spot. We were oohing and ahhing from the moment we set foot inside. The museum has every type of aircraft imaginable and does an amazing job educating the public about aviation’s history. Not to mention it is just pretty darn cool to be able to be around so many amazing airplanes.  The kiddos were equally impressed!

Checking out a helicopter.

Checking out a helicopter.

We spent about two hours at the museum, but we could have easily stayed for three. The place is amazing!  The museum has dozens and dozens of aircraft. It was interesting to learn all about the advances in technology in a fun environment.

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

You can check out every kind of aircraft imaginable!

The Kids Aviation Action Hangar is a must stop when you visit. The kiddos loved being able to play with a simulator , pretend they were bouncing on the moon, and even partake in some arts and crafts. They absolutely loved every bit of our visit!

Bouncing around the moon!

Bouncing around the moon!

The Kids Hanger.

The Kids Hanger.

If you’re looking for something to do that is a little different with the kiddos, make sure to visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum.  You guys will have a great time! Oh and I would highly recommend grabbing lunch at their Flight Path Cafe. I wish I would have taken a picture of this charming cafe. The Flight Path Cafe is called that, because it literally is on the San Diego’s Airport flight path. About every minute or two you will have a full size jetliner roar by as it makes its descent onto the runway. It was soooooooooo fun! The kiddos(moms too!) were giddy with excitement as each one roared by. It felt like they were going to land right on top of us! I can’t wait to do it again!

The girls couldn't help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

The girls couldn’t help themselves. They all stood in front of their favorite flight attendant uniform.

Can't wait to visit again!

Can’t wait to visit again!

 

The Museum is open seven days a week and is located inside of Balboa Park. The museum offers free admission to San Diego County Residents on the fourth Tuesday of the month. For additional information head here.

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I grew up going out to Denny’s after church every weekend, and it really feels like home.  I”ve made a whole lot of memories at Denny’s and now I’m going to be making some with my own family!  I’m super excited to be a part of Denny’s Diners Ambassador program! I will be sharing about new promotions at Denny’s and am really looking forward to sharing all about our partnership during the upcoming months.

Red White & Blue Slam

Red White & Blue Slam

One of the first things I wanted to share about was Denny’s New Limited Time Offer Menu, featuring some of Denny’s Classic Hits “Remixed”. That’s right, some of your favorites like, The Original  Grand Slam, Moons Over My Hammy, and the Super Bird, are getting a new “spin”. These chart busting favorites are getting “remixed”.

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Baja Moons Over My Hammy

Denny’s has also partnered with Atari and has also remixed three Atari Classics. You can now play food versions of some of your favorite Atari classics!

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The three featured games are Hashteroids(which is a remix of Asteroids), Centipup (which is a remixof Centipede). and Take Out (which is a remix of Break Out). The games are super fun to play and you know what is even better? You can download them for free from apple. You can download them to your c

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Growing up we would go to the Drive-in theater in La Mirada every Friday. It was soo much fun! I’ve wanted to take my kiddos to the drive-in for some time and finally got around to doing it last Friday. It was soooo much fun and so cheap! We took the kiddos to the Van Buren Drive-in, which is located in Riverside. Here are some things I learned about heading to the drive in with the family.

Get there early

We got there fifteen minutes before the show started and we wound up missing the previews and a few minutes of the movie. There was a nice long line to get in, and I would suggest getting there at least half an hour to an hour before the show. You can make sure to set up your spot, and not feel rushed. The Van Buren Drive in offers double feature and it really is a great deal.

Bring Cash

Make sure to bring cash to pay for admissions. Most drive in theaters only accept cash.

Make sure to use the restroom before you get there

It is dark and tricky to maneuver around the parking lot in the dark. Make sure the kiddies have used the restroom before you get there and if you need to use them, make sure to use them during the intermission between the first and second feature when the lights are turned on.

Pack lots of yummie snacks/drinks

It was so fun to be able to just pack our dinner and head to the movies. We also packed blankets and pillows. It was great to not have to spend any money on snacks/popcorn. We stopped at the store to pick up licorice and water.

We had a great time and can’t wait to do it again. It was a really affordable night out. It was $18 for a night out for the four of us, plus the snacks we brought from home. We watched Maleficent and How to Train your Dragon 2.  A night out at the regular theater would have been over $50 at least!

Five Drive In Theaters in Southern California

There are Five Drive-in Theaters in So Cal.

  1. Van Buren Drive-in Cinemas - Riverside
  2. Rubidoux Drive-in Theater - Rubidoux/Riverside
  3. Vineland Drive-in Theater - City of Industry
  4. Mission Tiki Drive-in  - Claremont
  5. South Bay Drive-in  - San Diego

Go out there and enjoy a night at the drive-in. I promise you guys are going to have a great time!!!

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood and ConAgra Foods.  However, all opinions are my own and I love the #HungerFreeSummer initiative.

Earlier this month I shared about  ConAgra Foods Hunger- Free Summer with Feeding America. I shared about some of the ways that you could take part of this initiative and make sure that children in America do not go hungry this Summer. One of the easiest things to do is help share the video below. It takes less than a minute and each time you share, like, or view this video, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America, up to two million meals.¹

It’s an easy way to help spread the word and help kiddos have a Hunger Free Summer. It is an issue that is very dear to my heart and our family has decided to do something about it. Every week when head grocery shopping we add extra groceries to our cart. It’s not much, about $10 each week.  Earlier this week we had enough extra groceries to drop a small load off at our local food pantry. It was easy and something that I plan on doing each week. My daughter shares below how we do it.

You can learn more about the initiative here.

If you are looking for some fun summertime ideas, make sure to check out Feeding America’s, Childlike Summer Pinterest board for some great ideas.

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1For every view, like or share of this Kid President video recorded on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr and Google+ from May 22, 2014 through July 31, 2014, the ConAgra Foods Foundation will donate 11.1¢, the cost for Feeding America to provide one meal through its network of local food banks. Minimum donation of 10,000 meals ($11,111). Maximum donation of one million meals ($111,111). Valid in U.S. only.

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Can you guess what they want to watch next?

Movie Time!!!

We’re in to week two of our Summer Vacation and this week on the schedule are a trip to the Air and Space Museum in SD, a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the beach. We’re also planning on hitting a movie, but that can be pricey!!! We love visiting bargain theaters because they’re inexpensive and if the kids became bored and we need to leave, we are only out a couple of bucks. Family films are particularly popular at these type of theaters, so it’s usually easy to find something for everyone. We’ve had a great experience and I’m sure your family will too!! I’ve shared this list before, but this is updated and ready for you to use and take those kiddos to the movies, without going broke!

Los Angeles County

  • Academy Cinema – Pasadena – $2 before 6pm, $3 after
  • Cinemark Movies - Lancaster- $1.50 first movie of the day,  $1.50 all day Wednesday,$2 before 6pm,  $4.25 after 6pm
  • Starplex Cinema – La Mirada -$2 before 6pm, $3 after 6pm
  • Simi Valley 10- Simi Valley- $3.50 matinee, $4.25 evening
  • Whittier Village Theaters- Whittier- $5 Tuesday and Thursdays- all day- First run movies- Free movie program during the Summer – Tues/Wed 9:45 showtime, doors open at 9:15- $1 drinks and popcorn

Orange County

Inland Empire

Ventura County

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Kennedy Space Center VAB

Earlier this Spring, my Daytripping boys took a trip to Florida to experience the Kennedy Space Center and some of the fun that the Space Coast has to offer. As part of the massive Cape Canaveral tour, they were able to get up close with the vehicle assembly building or VAB. This is the same building where all of the Apollo missions were prepared with the Saturn V rockets. It’s also where all 135 Space Shuttle Missions were made ready. The building is unbelievable in size. To help get an idea of the scope of the building, a portion of the American flag which is seen on the side of the building is also found painted on the ground below.

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The Space Center is quite active. Even though the Space Shuttle program ended in 2011, NASA is busy at preparing the next generation of rockets for our country’s deep space exploration program.  They have 2025 as the target to get us to an asteroid and early 2030s to get us to Mars. This place is still bustling with business!

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You can experience all the space center has to offer in a single day. Admission is $50 for adults and $40 for kids.  Admission includes:

  • • Space Shuttle Atlantis                 • Twin IMAX Theater 3-D Films
  • • Shuttle Launch Experience       • Special Viewing for Rocket Launches
  • • Angry Birds Space Encounter  • Numerous Shows and Exhibits
  • • General Bus Tour                           • Meet an astronaut
  • • FREE 2-day admission to Astronaut Hall of Fame (if used within seven days)

The Kennedy Space Center is offering a special discount to anyone visiting with a $5 discount using code VISITKSC.  This is good through May 31, 2015.

You may also call 866.554.0063 and provide the promotional code.

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Disclaimer: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Pampers.  All opinions are 100% mine.

I grew up watching soccer (futbol) every Sunday. My papa is an avid futbol fan and there was always some game on our tv set every Sunday. We are all true soccer fans and now I get to pass on my enthusiasm to my own children.

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My son started playing soccer and he absolutely loves it.  He loves playing goalie and is counting down the days until soccer season happens again. With the kids and I out of school this summer we have enjoyed watching many of the futbol games during the past two weeks. We’re cheering for the Red, White, and Blue. We’re also cheering for el Tri color team. It’s been fun to be able to scream in excitement and shout back at the tv when things don’t go “our” way.

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Pampers is bringing together our love of futbol soccer and our families by creating the Mi Equipo Mi Herencia Facebook Stadium App, found on the Pampers Latino Facebook page. Through July 15th, parents are encouraged to log on to the Pampers Latino Facebook page to celebrate their love of country and their favorite sport by participating in the “Mi Equipo, Mi Herencia”  app and sweepstakes.  Moms and Dads can upload and customize photos of their little fan in the Pampers Virtual Stadium, generating a shareable meme that friends, family and other fútbol fans will love. I created the photo above and sent it off to my mom and dad. They thought it was adorable!!!  Not only will you have one very cute photo, but you will also be entered to win a year supply of Pampers diapers and wipes!

It’s Giveaway time!!

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We’re giving away a Pampers Gift Packet that is futbolicious!

 

This Giveaway includes: 

 

  • Objectivo More Than a Game Infant Onesie
  • Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Singin’ Soccer Ball
  • Pele King of Soccer/Pele, El Rey Del Futbol [Book]
  • Baby Soccer Slippers
  • Soccer Mascot Plush
  • Pampers Diapers
  • Pampers Wipes

All you have to do is leave a comment letting us know how you celebrate your love of futbol and national pride. That’s it. Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway ends on June 28th at 11:59pm. Good luck!!

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Pirate Time!

Pirate Time!

Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored collaboration with Latina Mom Bloggers and Disney Junior. However, all opinions expressed are my own

This summer is all about making memories with my family. It seems like just yesterday my kiddos were toddlers, and in the blink of an eye, they are about to enter second and fourth grade. I cherish the memories of my childhood summers. I had a blast. My sisters and I would wake up as soon as the sun would rise, eat breakfast, and head out for a day of fun with our friends. We would play outside all day long. I think we would come in for food/water/restroom breaks, and that was it. We were dressing up, riding bikes, playing in our blow up pool, in the sprinkles and making some pretty cool memories. I want to make sure that my kiddos make some great Summer Memories and here is my plan.

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We love Disney and my kiddos (my son especially), loves to watch Disney Junior on Disney Channel. We’ve been inspired by many of the kids’ favorite cartoon shows. My son loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates and we’re making sure to do some pretend play every day.

Meeting their favorite doctor!

Meeting their favorite doctor!

I want to make sure we head out on adventures and visiting some Magical places is definitely on the agenda.  Summer is not Summer for our family without a visit to Disneyland. We can’t wait to head over for a day of adventure, meeting our favorite characters, riding our favorite attractions, and soaking in all of the magic that Disneyland has to offer.

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I’ve been sharing some of the fun memories we’ve made so far this summer, and you can join in on our last few days. You can join other Disney Junior Fans and submit some Disney Junior inspired photos. You can submit your photos via the Disney Junior Facebook App and your photo could be shared on Disney Junior! That would be pretty darn cool! You can follow along on Twitter/Instagram by following the #DisneyJuniorFamily hashtag.

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Summer at The Hollywood Bowl

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I love Summer! Our family has a few Summer Traditions. We have to go to beach a couple of times, visit theme parks, a water park, and try to at least catch one outdoor music concert/festival. Last year we visited the Hollywood Bowl and this year we plan on doing it again as a family. I love that we can pack a picnic basket, bring a blanket, and enjoying a beautiful evening under the stars.

The Hollywood Bowl has quite a few family concerts this season.

Here is a list of them:

 

Here is a list of the Latin concerts taking place this season at The Bowl:

Make sure to take advantage of the Park and Ride lots or the shuttle. Parking can be really intense at The Hollywood Bowl. I would really recommend taking the shuttle to avoid the hassle. We’ve taken it a few times and I can’t imagine not doing it again.

Tickets start at $20. To learn more about the upcoming season head here.

 

 

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