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Let's Celebrate!

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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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.

Hayrides

Hayrides

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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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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We love sharing about Children’s’/Youth Theater. My daughter read Charlotte’s Web last year and we’ve wanted to watch a live show. I was looking around and found that The South Coast Repertory is performing Charlotte’s Web, live on stage.

This children’s classic story is brought to life on stage weekends during the month of November. The show will play Friday-Sunday from November 7th to November 23rd. There are shows at 11 am, 2 pm, 4:30 pm, and 7:ooo pm.

I love this show and I can’t wait to take the kiddos. You can purchase tickets online or at the box office. For additional information head here.

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We love Halloween and love sharing family friendly events. Boo at the Zoo, is one of our favorite October outings. Boo at the Zoo, is a “merry not scary” family friendly event.  Boo at the Zoo takes place over 5 nights, October 18th-19th, 25-26th, and October 30th, from 5:30 to 8:oo pm.

Boo at the Zoo features:

  • Ten Prize Stations on the Trick-or-Treat Trail
  • Entertainment
  • Animal Presentations
  • Storytelling
  • Fun and Games
  • Costume Parade
  • “Teen Scream” Haunted House (a separate area, included in the price of admission)

Admission is $ 7 for members and $14 for Non-Members. Kiddos 5 and under are Free. For additional information or to purchase tickets head here.

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This is part of a sponsored campaign with P&G and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I think we all know someone that has has been affected by cancer. My prima passed away from cancer when I was a teen. She was 38, the same age I am now, and even as a teenager, I remember how devastating it was to lose someone so dear to us, especially since she was a young mother and left children behind. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Latinas and in the U.S., a Latina dies of breast cancer every 90 minutes!!

Orgullosa has teamed up with Liga Contra el Cancer, a center dedicated to providing free cancer services for underserved patients. They are helping Latinas to support one another in early cancer detection and prevention.

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I had the opportunity to participate in a Facebook chat, sponsored by Orgullosa, featuring breast cancer survivor, Adamari Lopez and oncologist, Dr. De La Rosa. I learned so much about early cancer detection. The one fact that I’ve thought about for this past week, is that if breast cancer is caught during stage 1, there is a 98% survival rate at the 5 year mark. It reinforced just how important our self exams and yearly mammogram screenings are.

Here are some other facts I learned about early cancer detection:

  • Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the No. 1 cause of cancer deaths among Latinas.
  • One U.S. Latina dies of breast cancer every 90 minutes.
  • For Hispanic women, breast cancer is detected at an advanced stage more often than in non-Hispanic whites. This difference has been largely attributed to lower frequency of and longer intervals between mammograms, and lack of timely follow-up of suspicious mammograms.
  • Make sure to look for any changes, discoloring, anything in your breasts. Get yourself checked out!
  • You should also make sure to check your neck and armpits during your monthly self exams.

During the month of October, Orgullosa will donate $1 to the Liga Contra el Cancer, for every new Facebook like. So what are you waiting for, go like the Orgullosa Facebook page and lets make sure we are all looking out for each other. Together we are #orgullosastrong .

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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored partnership with Orgullosa and Latina Mom Bloggers. However, all opinions are my own.

October is a special month for many reasons, but one very important one is because it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Did you know that 1 Latina dies every 90 minutes of Breast Cancer?

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Hispanic women. As part of Orgullosa’s continued commitment to celebrating the strength and inspiration of Latinas, Orgullosa has launched an initiative aimed at mobilizing Latinas to take charge of their health and spread the message that Together We Are Stronger (#OrgullosaStrong).

Join celebrity host, Adamari Lopez and oncologist from the Liga Contra el Cáncer, Dr. De La Rosa for a LIVE Facebook Chat on Wednesday, October 1st from 9 -10pm ET.  Join us as we share how to encourage our fellow Latinas to learn about the early detection of breast cancer because early detection is the key to remaining together.

Don’t Forget to RSVP to be entered to one of the amazing prizes that will be given away during the chat.  You can register to win here

Facebook Chat Details:

What: Orgullosa “Together We Are Stronger” LIVE Facebook Chat

When:  Wednesday, October 1st at 9 PM EST-

Where: https://www.facebook.com/orgullosa/app_142371818162

Hashtag: : #OrgullosaStrong

 

Special Guests: Adamari Lopezand Dr. De La Rosa

Moderators:Latina Mom Blogs (http://www.facebook.com/latinamomblogs)

 

Brand:https://www.facebook.com/orgullosa

Website:http://www.orgullosa.com/

 

Prizes: Four (4) prize packs as follows:

 

Prize Pack 1 (ARV: $137)

 

  • iPod Shuffle (RV $49)
  • Tote Bag filled with P&G goodies, candle, bracelet, and inspirational book (RV $88)

 

Prize Pack 2 (ARV: $187)

 

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • iPod Shuffle (RV $49)
  • Tote Bag filled with P&G goodies, candle, bracelet, and inspirational book (RV $88)

Prize Pack 3 (ARV: $237):

 

  • $100 Amazon Gift Card
  • iPod Shuffle (RV $49)
  • Tote Bag filled with P&G goodies, candle, bracelet, and inspirational book (RV $88)

Prize Pack 4 (ARV: $337):

 

  • Mini iPad (RV $249)
  • Tote Bag filled with P&G goodies, candle, bracelet, and inspirational book (RV $88)

 

Rules: For the official rules, click HERE.

 

RSVP:To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP via the Latina Mom Bloggers Facebook Invite HERE.

 

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Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch

I think if you read this site on a regular basis, you know that I’m a fan of Irvine Park Railroad. One of my favorite times of the year is Halloween and heading to Irvine Park Railroad to pick a pumpkin and participate in the fun activities has now become a tradition for our family.

There are plenty of places for photo opportunities and the pumpkin patch has great size pumpkins at a pretty reasonable price. We usually head there twice during the season.

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We love letting the kids pick our pumpkins.

This year’s Pumpkin Patch activities include:  Train rides, hay rides, a haunted house, a hay maze, pony rides, a moon bounce, carnival games, John Deere tractor racers, face painting , picture stands, cookie decorating, and panning of gold.

The Tractor Rides are our fave!

The Tractor Rides are our fave!

The Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch is open daily through October 31st.
Weekdays 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Weekends 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Admission into the Pumpkin Patch is free. Prices for all other activities vary. Head over here for additional  information.

 

Irvine Park Railroad
Irvine Park

1 Irvine Park Rd.

Orange, CA 92869

 

It’s Giveaway Time!!

We’re giving away a fun package. Leave a comment letting me know who you would take to the pumpkin patch and you will be entered to win. Winner will receive

4 Tickets that can be used to ride the train  or for Pumpkin Patch activities
1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine
Park bike rental (excludes the double surrey) ·
1 Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine
Park paddle boat rental

Giveaway ends on Wednesday October 1st at 11:59 pm.
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