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.

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.

 

Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in So Cal

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Ice Skating in Southern California.

 

The kiddos will be having some time off from school and I’m always on the lookout for some fun activities and outings. We have a few things on our winter bucket list and outdoor ice skating is one on our list.

I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving and Winter Break. For the past few years we’ve visited our local rink and I can’t wait to do it again. Here is a list of outdoor ice skating rinks in Southern California. Bundle up and hit the ice!

Bring Home the Dinos #Jurassic World is here and Giveaway! #TeamJurassic

 

Disclaimer: This is a compensated campaign. However, all opinions are my very own and I LOVE Jurassic World.

The movie of the year is here. You can now buy Jurassic World at a store near you. Jurassic World is  available NOW on 3D  Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD!

If you purchase the Blu-Ray DVD it comes with Bonus Features which include :

  • WELCOME TO JURASSIC WORLD:  An in-depth take on the creation, look and feel  of Jurassic World.  Director Colin  Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg discuss how the idea of the  film came together and how the casting was decided with  actors’ commentary on their roles and filming locations.
  • JURASSIC WORLD: ALL-ACCESS PASS-  Chris Pratt and Director Colin Trevorrow  discuss key moments in the film, supported by  behind-the-scenes footage and VFX breakdowns.
  • INNOVATION CENTER TOUR WITH CHRIS PRATT- Chris Pratt gives a tour of the Innovation  Center, a museum/exhibit, built just for the movie.
  • JURASSIC’S CLOSEST SHAVES – Clips from all films in the
    franchise showing “near death” or extremely scary  encounters with dinosaurs.


We received our copy and can’t wait to make it a movie night tonight with popcorn and some goodies. We loved the movie as a family and are excited about having it in our movie collection. It’s one that will be watched over and over again.

 

Giveaway time! One lucky reader will receive their very own copy. All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know who you will watch the movie with. That’s it! Giveaway ends on 1o/30 at 11:59pm. Winner will be chosen at random. Good luck!

Halloween Roundup – Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo

We love Halloween and my kiddos want to wear their costumes almost every night. We have been looking for family friendly events at night and I can’t wait to take my kiddos to Boo at the Santa Ana Zoo.
This family-friendly costumed extravaganza will bring FUN, SAFE, trick-or-treating in a “Merry not Scary” Zoo atmosphere, with educational animal presentations, storytelling, and entertainment throughout the evening, with a grand finale costume parade!

 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)
  • Hot Dogs & Chips For Sale by Tustin-Santa Ana Rotary, Zoo Docents, and Knowlwood
  • Free Parking
Boo at the Zoo is held on weekend nights from now through Oct 30th. The event is held from 5:30pm to 8pm.
Tickets are $8.95 for members and $16.95 for non-members. Kids 2 and under are free.
For additional info or to purchase tickets head here.

Shake Month at Johnny Rocket’s

Did you know September is National Shake Month? Might I suggested making your way on over to the nearest Johnny Rockets and try their newest shakes, some of which debut today! We were invited over recently to try out some of these new shake creations. My kids loved each of these shakes and all the delicious burgers and fries served up to us. I did sneak a taste of these yummy new shakes.

Did you know that this is the largest Johnny Rockets anywhere?

One of the best things about Johnny Rockets’ shakes and malts is that they are hand-dipped and hand-spun, made with the finest USDA certified premium vanilla ice cream, whole milk, and real whipped cream. Here is a photo of the Reese’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake that we sampled. It is made with real Reese’s Peanut Butter and topped with a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and Reese’s Pieces mini candies.

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 To celebrate the upcoming movie, “Goosebumps,” based on the beloved children’s series by R.L. Stine, Johnny Rockets created the Goosebumps Shake. The Goosebumps shake launches on September 21st at all Johnny Rockets restaurants (except special venues). It is made with premium vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, milk and mixed with Oreo pieces and topped with whipped cream, an Oreo garnish, and colorful gummy worms. This is just in time for Halloween.

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Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant franchise that offers high quality, innovative menu items including fresh, 100% beef cooked-to-order hamburgers, Veggie Boca® burger, chicken sandwiches, crispy fries and rich, delicious hand-spun shakes and malts. This dynamic lifestyle brand offers friendly service and upbeat music contributing to the chain’s signature atmosphere of relaxed, casual fun. Founded in 1986, Johnny Rockets operates more than 340 franchise and corporate locations in 26 countries around the world.

Johnny Rockets website: http://www.johnnyrockets.com

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***Disclosure: I was invited by Johnny Rockets to this private media event. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.**

Kids Ride Free on Amtrak Pacific Surfliner in October!

Credit : Amtrak

Credit : Amtrak

 

I can’t wait until October. Don’t get me wrong, I like September, but nothing can compare to cooler weather, Halloween, and Kids Free in San Diego. I shared about kiddos getting in for free at the San Diego Zoo, The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and dozens of museums/attractions. Well…there’s more!

During the month of October, one child ages 2-12 rides free, with each adult rail fare purchased for travel to and from Oceanside, Solana Beach, Old Town San Diego and San Diego Downtown station. You can travel from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Fullerton, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine and San Juan Capistrano.

The Pacific Surfliner kids ride free offer is valid for travel October 1, 2015 through November 1, 2015 and three (3) day advance reservations are required.

For additional information head here and start planning that trip to San Diego.

A Daycation to Remember at the #PacificEdgeHotel and Giveaway

A Day in Paradise

A Day in Paradise

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to check out the Pacific Edge Hotel in Laguna Beach. I love Southern California and the Pacific Edge Hotel is pure Southern California. It’s a beautiful beach front hotel, with the most pristine waterfront beach. It’s absolute paradise!

The Pacific Edge Hotel has the most amazing beach!

The Pacific Edge Hotel has the most amazing beach!

I’ve stayed at the hotel a few times before and let me just say that it is hands down one of my favorite hotels in the world. It is an amazing place and I love to stay there at least once a year.  Two years ago we stayed there all of Spring Break and it was such an amazing stay. I can’t wait to do it again.

Sometimes it’s hard to get away for more than a day and one day is all you have. I call this, daycationing. The kids and I packed a bag and headed down to the Pacific Edge for a beautiful daycation in one of their beautiful bungalows. The private, beachfront Bungalows are perfect for the most amazing day at the beach or to celebrate a special occasion. I’m turning 40 in a two months and am planning on celebrating my birthday there. Words or photos can’t really begin to describe how magical the bungalows really are.

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The Beach Bungalows are So Cal Paradise and have every comfort you can think of

Each bungalow includes a comfortable living room that overlooks the ocean, a VIP Bungalow Host, a private bathroom with shower, bar area, valet parking, catered food and beverages, and a private deck area. You can order food from the Deck Restaurant. The food my friends is out of this world. My kiddos were in absolute heaven!!

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Credit: Pacific Edge Hotel

You can rent one Bungalow for up to ten guests, or reserve all five for a very special oceanfront event.

Bungalow rentals include:

  • Fully private bungalow with keyed access from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bungalow VIP Host at your service
  • Catering from The Deck, Bottle service and more
  • Air conditioning and flat screen televisions
  • Direct access to the hotel’s private beach
  • Beach Attendant to set up lounge chairs, day beds, umbrellas, and beach towel

 

The Deck restaurant has quite the menu. I would eat there everyday if I could.

The Deck restaurant has quite the menu. I would eat there everyday if I could.

The Bungalows also have direct access to the Pacific Edge Beach. You won’t ever have to worry about bringing towels, sand toys, or a chair. Everything is provided for you by a beach concierge. It is the ultimate beach trip. I remember watching the kiddos playing on the sand and having to pinch myself. I felt like I was at an exclusive resort in Hawaii.

Bungalow day rates start at $250 for weekdays and $450 on weekends, not including food & beverage minimums, and are subject to availability. Rates also vary by season.

You can share with 10 to 12 people and I think it’s perfect to split the cost with a group of friends. It is an incredible experience.

We’re excited to be able to giveaway a Bungalow daycation to one very lucky reader. Just click on the rafflecopter widget below and you’ll be entered for a chance to stay at this incredible place. Good luck friends! This is one giveaway I wish I could enter!

(Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. I was invited to spend an afternoon at one of the Pacific Edge Bungalows. However, all opinions are my very own and I absolutely love the Pacific Edge Hotel)
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Olay and CoverGirl at Walmart and Giveaway #ad #spon

Walmart has our favorite Olay and CoverGirl Products!

Walmart has our favorite Olay and CoverGirl Products!

I recently had a makeup disaster. My makeup bag was destroyed and so was most of my makeup. I had to buy a new case,  along with new makeup. I was headed to Walmart to pick up a few things/groceries and I was able to go alone. I was in heaven. That meant I was able to stroll the aisles in peace, without being asked how much longer it was going to take. It was the perfect time to go shopping to replace my broken makeup.

I love a good deal and I knew that shopping at Walmart would mean I would score the best prices on some of my favorite brands like CoverGirl and Olay. I love Walmart because not only can I shop for groceries, household items, and clothes, I can also shop for my beauty needs. They have a large selection of your favorite beauty products at prices that can’t be beat!

I love the CoverGirl brand. I love using  their  LashBlast Volume Mascara. It is designed to max out each and every lash, leaving you with the ultimate big-lash look. I also love their Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner pencil. It is self-sharpening and glides on easily so you get the perfect line every time. If I can leave the house with my eyes and lips made up, I feel like I can conquer the world. I was also able to pick up a few shades of lipstick and of course an adorable new case to house all of my makeup.

I also made sure to grab a pack of my favorite beauty bar, Olay® Ultra Moisture Beauty Bars. They are so gentle that I  use them to wash my face.

At the end of my shopping trip I was pretty pleased with all that I picked up!

My new makeup bag and goodies!

My new makeup bag and goodies!

It’s giveaway time! Win a $25 Gift Card to Walmart to purchase your favorite Olay or CoverGirl products. Just leave a comment letting me know about your favorite CoverGirl/Olay product. That’s it! Giveaway closes on July 25th, at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!
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Disclosure: The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G.