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Taking a game in.

Taking a game in.

 

The boys of Summer are back and our family couldn’t be happier! I have lived in Southern California my entire life and grew up a baseball fan, but only recently have I discovered the fun of minor league baseball.  There are several minor league teams in the area that feed the Angels, Dodgers and Padres as well as some other MLB teams.  The team closest to us is the Lake Elsinore Storm. They originally were a feeder team for the Angels but since 2002, they have been the “Single A” feeder team for the San Diego Padres.  The team plays at the Lake Elsinore Diamond, which is a clean, safe and fun place to watch a game as a family. There are no bad seats in the house and no climbing up steep raked bleachers to reach a seat.

Tickets are $10 – $14 per game.  There are nightly promotions such as all you can eat hot dogs, $1 beer and soda night, Friday night fireworks and giveaways. Additionally, there are contests run throughout the game at the bottom of each inning.  Depending on the night and sponsor, there are also free coupons for food and activities given away at the end of the night.  Stick around for the end of the game, where for $1 a ball, you have the chance to win even bigger prizes by throwing at targets out on the field.

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We’ve had a blast at Storm Games!

A particularly great deal is the $60 Family Four Pack that includes:
Four Box Seats
Four Hot Dogs
Four Small Sodas
Two Arcade Tickets
Coupons to Carl’s Jr., Baskin Robbins, Mulligan Family Fun Center and a free oil change.

You almost make a profit buying the Family Four Pack! It’s a great bargain.

To purchase tickets or to check out the Storm’s schedule head here.

 

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I love sharing outing with the family that won’t cost an arm or a leg. When it involves absolutely no money, it makes me want to run and write a post and share about it ASAP. I shared about this a few years ago and then the tours stopped for a couple of year, but now they’re back for another year.

The Port of Long Beach will be offering hour and a half harbor tours four times a month. The tours will run from April thru September. You have to make a reservation and the tickets fill up quickly so please mark your calendars. April and May tours are filled up, but you can be added to a waiting list or sign up for June and the following months. There are 2 Saturday morning tours on the 1st and 3rd of the month from 10am to 11:30 am. There are also two sunset tours on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Port of Long Beach Harbor Cruise

Port of Long Beach Harbor Cruise

The tours are family friendly and you can even bring your strollers aboard. Complimentary beverages are provided and you are welcome to bring food/snacks for the family. Tickets are only available online. You have to click on the date you wish to go on and refresh that page until the ticket link appears. Tickets are usually gone in 1-2 minutes, so make sure to get there and reserve those tickets!  You can reserve up to 4 seats at a time. An email confirmation will be sent to your inbox. If the tour is full, you can join a waiting list and you will be notified the week of the tour if seating becomes available. Tickets for the following month are available on the first Monday of the month before. Tickets are available at noon on the first Monday of the month.

To receive your tickets and for additional info head here.

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Baseball Family Time!

Baseball Family Time!

 

I have one excited little boy that is counting down the days until Major League Baseball’s Opening Day, on Monday, April 6th. He’s counting down the days until he can a professional baseball game this season. Tickets can be a little pricey and we’re always on the lookout for a good deal. I’ll be sharing over the next couple of days some of the ways you can score good a price on baseball tickets.

The Angels Friends and Family 4 pack is a great deal. The package includes 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, and 4 soft drinks. The family four pack is $64 in View All-Star, Right Field Pavilion, and Terrace Box Wheelchair seating or $56 in Upper View, Lower View Box, and Right Field Pavilion Wheelchair areas.

2015 Angels’ home games to choose from: April 12, 20, 22, 23, 26, May 4, 6, 7, 10, 12, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, June 1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, July 21, 22, 23, 26, August 3, 4, 5, 9, 17,18, 19, 20, 21, 23, September 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.

Friends and Family Packs can be purchased here at angels.com and the Angel Stadium Ticket Windows. Start planning your day at the ballpark!

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Mikey’s excited to clear out his closet . We’re taking our clothes to one of our favorite organizations @GoodwillSoCal #FiOSConnectsSoCal . You can also upload a photo on twitter or instagram using #FiOSConnectsSoCal and 1 lucky participant will have a $1000 contribution to the So Cal Charity of your choice!

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The FiOS So Cal Experience is back this year and is connecting you to your favorite local charity with the Verizon FiOS Connects You to Your Favorite Charity Sweepstakes. From now until May 3rd, 2015, you can upload a photo on Twitter or Instagram that illustrates or features your favorite charity or organization . All you have to do is complete the entry form at http://fiossocal.com/sweeps-home/. Then  upload your photo to Instagram, and/or Twitter, and use the hashtag #FiOSConnectsSoCal .   One lucky winner will have $1000 donated to the local charity of their choice.

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We’ve decided to participate and I snapped a photo of my son collecting clothes for one of our favorite organizations, Goodwill of Southern California. I work with students with disabilities and love that Goodwill helps train those with disabilities by providing education, training, work experience and job placement services.

The Sweepstakes is open to 18 and over residents of Southern California. Once you’ve submitted with the #FiOSConnectsSoCal, your photo could be shared on FiOSSoCal.com . Contest ends on May 3rd, 2015 at 11:59pm. Head on over to enter!

 

Disclosure: This is part of a compensated campaign with Verizon FiOS. However, all opinions are my own.

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Movie Time!

Movie Time!

It’s Spring Break! We’re enjoying the weather and the free time but I have to admit I’ve already heard the cries of what are we doing today? I’m bored!!! One of the things I can always count on to break our “boredom” is to head to the movies.  The movies are usually a good idea but tickets  can add up quickly. A night at the movies has become painfully expensive. With prices hovering over $10 a person, it can really put a dent in your pocketbook. Thankfully we have several dollar/bargain theaters in the Southern California area. There are local dollar theaters in the Inland Empire, LA , Orange and Ventura Counties. I searched and searched and couldn’t find anything for the San Diego area. If you know of one in the area , please email me so I can add it to the list.

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!!

Los Angeles County
Academy Cinema – Pasadena – $2 before 6pm, $3 after
Cinemark Movies – Lancaster- $2 before 6pm, $2.40 after, $1.50 all day Wed
Starplex Cinema – La Mirada -$2 before 6pm, $ 3 after

Orange County

Cinema City – Anaheim Hills- First run movies- $5 all day Monday and  Tue, $5 before noon, $7 before 6
Charter Center Theatre – Huntington Beach – $ 3 all day, everyday
Starplex Cinema – Irvine$2 Matinee before 6pm, $3 General Admission after 6pm and 3D films are $4 all day
PictureShow@Mainplace Mall – Santa Ana – $2 before 6, $3 after

Inland Empire
Regency Towngate 8 – Moreno Valley – $ 2.50 before 6, $ 3.50 after
Temeku Discount Theaters – Temecula – $3.75 before 6, $ 4.50 after
Cinemark Cathedral City – Cathedral City – $2  before 6, $3 after

Ventura County
Regency Buenaventura - Ventura- $3.50 all day

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Fun outfits with FabKids

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We started a monthly subscription to @fabkids and I’m in love with this outfit. She loves it all, especially the shoes. She asked me, “do you think people will think they’re real gold?” #outofthemouthsofbabes

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Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. A subscription is provided for review purposes.

I love shopping for my kids. If I could I would head out each weekend. The problem is I never have the time to go out and spend a few hours at the mall. Enter FabKids. It’s shopping for kids, made easy. There are two ways to shop and it’s all done from the comfort of your own home. You can get a regular membership and shop all outfits at regular price or you can get a VIP membership and have a personalized outfit pick for your kiddo by the FabKids stylists.

It’s super easy and the outfits are adorable. My daughter loved her first outfit and we can’t wait to get more. My daughter is showing off her safari outfit and the gold gladiator sandals. The clothes are cute and stylish. Plus it really takes no effort on my part.

If you sign up right now you get 1 outfit + free one! You can’t beat that! Oh and I forgot to mention Free Shipping! To check out other styles and for additional info head here.

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Easy No Bake Low Carb Cheesecake

Easy No Bake Low Carb Cheesecake

 

Disclosure : This post is part of the SPLENDA® Brand Sweet Life blogger program by McNeil Nutritionals, LLC. and The Motherhood, who sent me products and compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

 

Spring is here! We’re in the middle of a two week long Spring Break and loving every minute of it. It’s a time to enjoy the outdoors, make memories and yes even get our home organized.

I have to admit that this year I’ve been a little worried about Spring Break because I’ve made some huge changes in my life. Back in December, I committed to losing weight and getting healthier. It’s been 3 months and I’m happy to report that I’m down 45lbs and 54 inches! I still can’t believe it. The thing is I really haven’t made drastic changes. I’ve just swapped some of my favorite things for healthier alternatives. I definitely look at sugar content, eat plenty of fruits/vegetables, and try to commit to eating the best I can.

I have a routine and I’ve been a little nervous about breaking that routine. I decided that I needed to arm myself with little indulgences that wouldn’t make me feel guilty. That’s why I decided to swap sugar with Splenda in recipes.I’ve made a choice to reduce full sugar and calories in my recipe with SPLENDA® .  I wanted to share my absolute favorite treat. If I’m really craving something sweet, this is my go to recipe. I used the Splenda Sugar Blend because that’s the sweetener I prefer, but it works great with regular Splenda.

So easy to make!

So easy to make!

 

Easy Peasy Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 8oz packets of cream cheese
  • 2 Greek yogurts (plain or strawberry-I used a strawberry one)
  • 1/4 cup Splenda
  • 9 in graham cracker crust
  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries for topping
Just combine ingredients in a bowl or mixer

Just combine ingredients in a bowl or mixer

  1. In a large bowl or mixer whip cream cheese, splenda, and yogurt.
  2. Blend until fluffy. I set my mixer to two minutes on medium speed.
  3. Spoon mixture into pie crust.
  4. Add sliced strawberries as topping.
  5. Chill for a few hours until firm
  6. Enjoy!!

To check out delicious recipes or to learn more about swapping sugar with Splenda head on over here.

 

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Join us at 1pm ET for a Spring Celebration c twitter party with The Motherhood! We’ll be sharing Spring  recipes from The SPLENDA® SWEET SWAPS™ page along with tips on how to make smart, balanced decisions as part of your lifestyle.

Five prizes will be given away randomly to selected participants who participate in the trivia challenge and answer correctly. Each prize includes a $50 Visa gift card and other goodies.

RSVP here and use the hashtag #SweetSwaps on Twitter to participate!

Follow Hosts: @TheMotherhood, @TMChatHost, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann

Make sure to follow me @daytrippingmom. Looking forward to chatting with you! Hope to see you on Twitter!

 

 

 

 

 

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cinderella

We love the theater and love sharing when a good show comes in town. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella is coming to the Ahamanson Theater next month and you don’t want to miss it! This family friendly productions features this classic story along with some fantastic. Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is the Tony Award® winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific  with a contemporary take on the classic tale.

The show will play from March 17th to April 26th at The Music Center. To purchase tickets and for additional info head here.

 

 

 

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Our view was breathtaking!

Our view was breathtaking!

 

Our family is trying to go out and be active. We’ve decided that we want to go out and explore nature more often. One way that we’re doing that is by going on family hikes. I decided to start a new series, hikes with kids. To kick off our series, I wanted to start with our last hike. My daughter and I headed down south and hiked around Lake Poway. The Lake Poway Recreation Area is located just a few miles away from the 15 freway and is very easy to find. It is northeast of Poway, off Espola Road. Parking is $5 for non Poway residents on the weekends and holidays.

We worked up a sweat.

We worked up a sweat.

We took the hike around the lake, which was 3 miles round trip. I don’t think we are quite up to the famous Potato Chip hike, that you can also hike from Lake Poway. That hike is very steep and is 8 miles round trip. Since we are still fairly new to hiking, we stuck to the lower 3 mile hike. It was beautiful, serene, and with access to many restrooms(porta potties) along the way. There were also two covered lunch table areas that would make an excellent spot for a picnic.

The hike led us to some spectacular views and scenery.

The hike led us to some spectacular views and scenery.

What I love about hiking with my family is being able to get away from all the distractions and being able to just talk/relax. With school, activities, and a very busy schedule, it’s sometimes hard for families to get that time to unwind and really connect.

Slowly but surely we’re learning what we like to take our hikes. Here’s a list of what we take.

  • Good pair of walking shoes/tennis shoes(with traction)
  • Layer clothing. We take a light jacket early in the morning and wrap it around our waist mid hike.
  • Water. Plenty of it.
  • A good backpack
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks or lunch
  • Charged phone

I can’t wait to share more of our hikes and hear about your adventures! Stay tuned for more.

For directions and to learn more about Lake Poway head here.

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Strawberry Picking

We had a very sweet and strawberrylicious Valentine’s Day. We had the opportunity to take the Strawberry Tour at Tanaka Farms and had soooo much fun! My sisters, mom, and nephew joined us for a great afternoon. Tanaka Farms is located in Irvine and they are known for their family friendly farm tours. They also happen to have some of the best strawberries and produce in all of Southern California. Tanaka Farms is proud to educate, entertain, and feed families all year long. They have various tours throughout the year depending on what is growing. They have strawberry, watermelon, and pumpkin tours, depending on the season.

We picked some of the ripest and sweetest strawberries I've ever tasted.

We picked some of the ripest and sweetest strawberries I’ve ever tasted.

Strawberry season started a little earlier this year because of our wacky weather and that means that the strawberry tours are back. This was our first time taking the tour and we were very excited. There are no reservations required for weekend tours and they  leave every hour beginning at 9:30, with the last departing at 2:30. Tour times are: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. We arrived a half hour before the tour began to assure a spot, find parking, and not be rushed.

The tractor ride is a hit with both young and old.

The tractor ride is a hit with both young and old.

Once we checked in and were given our baskets, our tour guide came by to lead us to the tractor pulled wagon. My two year old nephew was in heaven! The guided tour takes approximately 45 minutes to an hour. The tour takes you around Tanaka Farms and you will be able to see how fruits and vegetables grow in the land. You will also be able to sample some of the fruits and veggies in season. It was very informative and although I know it was an hour long, it only seemed to last a few minutes because we were having so much fun!

We learned how to properly pick strawberries and how to pick the ripest fruit.

We learned how to properly pick strawberries and how to pick the ripest fruit.

Our last stop on our tour were the strawberry patches. We were given 15 minutes to find the juiciest and ripest strawberries we could find. Each person is able to take home a one pound basket of strawberries. We had so much fun picking our fruit and taking the tour. I highly recommend that everyone take this tour with the family. It is a great experience.

I had one happy picker.

I had one happy picker.

The strawberry tours take place every weekend. Weekday school tours begin March 19th.  Reservations are not required for weekend tours.

Tours are $18 per person. Children 2 and under are free. For additional information head here.

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