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Being artsy!

Being artsy!

Week 1 of Summer Break is in the books. So far we’ve enjoyed sleeping in, swimming lessons, and a whole lot of spending time together. Next week we’re gearing up for some adventure which includes beach trips, Legoland, museums, and more!

One place that we plan on hitting up is the Sawdust Festival in Laguna Beach. This arts and crafts extravaganza runs from Friday, June 26th to August 30th, and is open daily from 10am to 10pm. We go every year and have an incredible time. The kiddos look forward to exploring the different booths, trying out the free children’s art spot, and working with a potter’s wheel/ceramics. One on one instruction is free of charge. If you would like to glaze your creation it is $8. There are also a variety of free workshops in Studio 1 for kiddos 7 and up.

It’s a great Summer activity. To learn more about the festival or to purchase tickets, head here.

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Jurassic Prize Pack

Jurassic Prize Pack


We are counting down the days until next Friday. Not only is it the last day of school, it’s also the opening day for Jurassic World! Jurassic Park was the first movie I watched alone with friends at the movie theater and I can still remember how much I enjoyed every bit of the movie.


Steven Spielberg returns to executive produce the long-awaited next installment of his groundbreaking Jurassic Park series, Jurassic World – The Park opens on June 12. You can watch at a theater near you in RealD 3D, and IMAX 3D.  You can get the tickets to #JurassicWorld here.

To celebrate the release we’re giving away a #JurassicWorld prize pack, which includes

Jurassic World Velociraptor Figures

Clever as ever, the Jurassic World raptors are masterful hunters on the lookout for prey. The assortment features three of the most popular raptors from the Jurassic World movie, Charlie, Delta, and Echo.  The figures each span approximately 12 inches long with articulated arms, legs, and tails.  Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

Jurassic World: Where Dinosaurs Come to Life (Hardcover)

The official Augmented Reality book to accompany the highly anticipated Jurassic World includes five breathtaking Augmented Reality sequences featuring life-size dinosaurs and a brand-new dual user mode. This book is the perfect purchase for every Jurassic World and dinosaur fan. Plus, a free interactive app brings the action alive . . . right at home!

Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide (Paperback)

Written by two noted paleontologists and illustrated in big bold colors, the Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide is a kid-friendly nonfiction guide that uses simple text to describe over 100 dinosaurs. Kids will learn tons of awesome facts about the most well-known dinosaurs and some of the newest discoveries.

To enter, leave a comment letting me know who you would give or share this prize pack with. That’s it! Giveaway ends on June 9th at 11:59pm. Winner will be selected at random. Good luck!

Disclosure: This is not a compensated posts. Prizes were provided for review purposes, however all opinions are my own.

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Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

It sure is starting to feel like Summer around So Cal. June Gloom is in full effect, the weather is getting warmer, and there are so many fun events taking place all around So Cal. This weekend we had the opportunity to check out one of those events, The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. I’ve always wanted to check it out and when Verizon FiOS asked me if I would like to have the opportunity to attend I jumped at the opportunity.

We can't wait to head back next year.

We can’t wait to head back next year.

The Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival takes place every year during the last weekend in May. The festival features all of the amazing things the Temecula Valley has to offer. The festival is held at Lake Skinner and features great live entertainment(Daughtry and the Plain White T’s), amazing food, wine and beer paring, a kids fair, and of course beautiful hot air balloons.  We arrived to the festival on Saturday afternoon and were in for quite the treat.

The FiOS So Cal Experience

The FiOS So Cal Experience

We also had the opportunity to check out the FiOS SoCal Experience. The Experience launched 2 years ago and in that short amount of time, Verizon FiOS has given 122,500 in grants and Verizon employees have provided more than 1300 volunteer hours to local So Cal charities.

FiOS SoCal Experience

FiOS SoCal Experience

The Fios So Cal Experience Team also lets you discover all that Verizon FiOS has to offer. We’ve become loyal customers and have FiOS Quantum TV at home and absolutely love it. Did you know that you could record 12 shows at one time with FiOS Quantum? You can learn all about what FiOS has to offer when the FiOS So Cal team comes to your neck of the woods.

FiOS SoCal is also currently hosting a Road Trip Pack Sweepstakes. Head over here to enter to win a Samsung Galaxy 4 Tablet, Skull Candy Headphones, and more. You can enter through June 7th.

The Glow

The Glow

After checking out the Experience, we had the opportunity to pretty much eat our way through the festival. We also were able to check out the balloon glow at dusk. About a dozen balloons are lit up and it’s an absolutely beautiful sight to behold. Like I said, I can’t wait to make this a yearly tradition. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to unofficially kick Summer off.

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

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Spring Fling With Fabkids

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

My daughter looks forward every month to our Fabkids package. We have a monthly subscription and look forward  to her outfit each month. What’s 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. With the end of the school year here and so many end of the year events, I was excited to have an outfit arrive that I didn’t have to go out and shop for. My daughter is wearing the orange princess dress and black leggings. The clothes are comfortable and stylish..

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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We love the Legoland California Resort. We have annual passes and try to head over for some fun at least once a month(in the Summer we practically live at the water park). Last week we were invited to check out the newest addition to the Legoland Resort, Heartlake City. Let’s just say I had two very excited kiddos that were counting down the days until we made it to Legoland.



If you’re familiar with the LEGO Friends sets, you can imagine how excited the kiddos to check out Heartlake City. The newest addition to the park is fun for all kiddos, but especially fun for LEGO Friends fans. It features:

  • A Live Show : Your kiddos will sing along as they join Andrea at her tour bus. It’s a fun show that plays a few times a day.
  • Mia’s Riding Camp: This is a super cute carousel that everyone will love
  • Heartlake Stables : I think this was hands down my son’s favorite part of Heartlake City. It’s a building area and he had a great time just playing with Legos.


It’s a fun addition to the Legoland Resort and both of my kiddos enjoyed it. There’s something for everyone. My daughter loved the show and my son loved the stable/building area. It’s a cute addition to the park and you definitely have to check it out.

For additional info or to purchase tickets, head here.

Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. Complimentary tickets and lunch were provided. However, all opinions are my very own.
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Summer is right around the corner and I wanted to share about another fun and free activity to keep the kiddos entertained this Summer. Starting June 1st , kiddos under 18 can bowl 2 free games all Summer long with Kids Bowl Free.  There are many participating bowling alleys across the country and quite a few in Southern California. Here’s how Kids Bowl Free works:

1. Head over here to find a bowling center/alley near you.

2.  Register with your local center.

3(Optional) You can buy a family pass for 24.95 and includes 2 free games for four members of a family. You can purchase the pass anytime during the Summer. It’s not required to buy one to get the two free games, but is great if you want to bowl with the kiddos.

Hours vary by location. It’s a great deal and if you don’t want to you don’t have to spend one cent. You can buy a few cheap pair of bowling shoes and you’re all set. For additional details and to register head here.

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Happy Sunday! Hope you’re all enjoying this long weekend as we prepare to honor those that have sacrificed for our country. It also marks the unofficial beginning of Summer. I wanted to share another fun activity to do with the kiddos this Summer. AMF Summer Games is back this Summer offering pretty inexpensive bowling, all season long. Here’s how it works.

You get 3 games of bowling per day, All Summer Long! All you have to do is head here, register, pay for a Summer Pass and then head out for a good time. Prices vary by location and bowling alley. For example there are over 2 dozen participating bowling alleys in Southern California alone. Some offer free passes for kiddos under 15, some charge for kids, some charge for a family pass, and others only charge for adult passes. Passes range from $29 to $39 for the entire Summer. There are some that offer a family pass for under $40. Click on over to find a participating location and price.

We’re going to be taking advantage of the Summer Games since we found out we could buy a family pass for $39. I think $39 is a pretty darn good deal if you bowl a few times a week. For additional info and to find a bowling alley near you head over here.

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

Last Sunday, May 17th, The Great Park Neighborhoods, introduced the 15 new home collections at Beacon Park.  The Meet The Builders event allowed the public to meet the different builders at Beacon Park and check out the numerous floor plans and community.


The 15 Home Collections are :

  • BRIO by Shea Homes – Single Story Flats Approx. 1,465-1,963 sq. ft.
  • ROWLAND by Lennar – Townhomes Approx. 1,661-2,076 sq. ft.
  • OPUS by Warmington Residential – Luxury Flats Approx. 1,771 – 2,382 sq. ft. (Opening early 2016)
  • PRIMROSE by DR Horton – Courtyard Condominiums Approx. 1,657-2,034 sq. ft.
  • HARPER by Lennar – Single Family Detached Condominiums Approx. 1,693-2,019 sq. ft.
  • ELLWOOD by Richmond American Homes – Single Family Detached Homes Approx. 2,081-2,230 sq. ft.
  • WELTON by Taylor Morrison – Detached Condominiums Approx. 2,172-2,650 sq. ft.
  • MELODY by Lennar – Single Family Detached Condominiums Approx. 2,321-2,774 sq. ft.
  • OAKMONT by Ryland Homes – Single Family Residences Approx. 2,524-3,064 sq. ft.
  • LARKSPUR by Lennar – Single Family Homes Approx. 2,165-3,160 sq. ft.
  • JUNIPER by Pulte Homes – Single Family Residences Approx. 2,897-3,242 sq. ft.
  • TORREY by Standard Pacific Homes – Single Family Residences Approx. 3,314-3,836 sq. ft.
  • LEGEND by Ryland Homes – Single Family Homes Approx. 4,329-4,687 sq. ft.
  • ROSEMONT by K. Hovnanian Homes – Single Family Homes Approx. 1,901-3,020 sq. ft.
  • SILVERMIST by K. Hovnanian Homes – Single Family Homes Approx. 2,787-4,002 sq. ft.

The collections offer a variety of different styles of architecture and new home buyers are sure to find the one best suited for them with such a large collection. Beacon Park will be a family and pet friendly community with dozens of bike/walking trails, excellent schools, and a large central park(Beacon Park) that will be the center of the community.

You can learn more about Beacon Park and other Great Park Neighborhood by heading here.

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Fun at Apple Camp!

Fun at Apple Camp!

I told you that we can’t wait for Summer. The countdown is on! Here’s another super fun idea to do with the kiddos this Summer.

I have two budding filmmakers at home. My kiddos love taking my camera or iPad and making dozens of movies a day. We love Apple Products and last year my daughter had the opportunity to participate in Apple Camp. What’s Apple Camp? Well let me tell you about this super fun little free camp at your local Apple Store.

At Apple Camp, kids ages 8-12,  learn how to shoot their own footage, create an original song in GarageBand on an iPad, and put it all together in iMovie on a Mac. This free workshop, held at Apple Retail Stores, spans three days and ends with campers debuting their masterpieces at the Apple Camp Festival. Space is limited and workshops fill up quickly.

Head on over here to sign up to be notified when registration opens up. You want to sign up as soon as you get the notification because it fills up in a few hours. You’re going to love it! Promise!!!

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Introducing EVER Skin Care

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Introducing EVER Skincare, a new skincare line the truly delivers on the promise of revealing your most beautiful skin. EVER Skincare features the beauty breakthrough LSR10TM in clinical grade, botanically derived skincare that can deliver visible transformation to reveal your most radiant, youthful, vibrant and healthy-looking skin. I am so excited to be able to be one of the first to introduce this line!

Did you know that cellular inflammation is one of the major causes of aging, and it comes from exposure to UVA/UVB rays, dehydration, diets filled with refined sugar and white flour, and lack of sleep? A solution was discovered in a potent botanical with immense health benefits dating back to 100 A.D. – Magnolia Officinalis. Using this key ingredient, the EVER Skincare science team developed a patent-pending, bioactive complex of three molecules scientifically formulated to reduce the top 10 visible signs of aging, which makes up the beauty breakthrough LSR10™.




What I also LOVE about the EVER Skincare line is that there are no harmful ingredients or substances that are banned in other countries. The EVER Skincare line never, ever contains parabens, sulfates, phthalates, propylene glycol, synthetic fragrances and colors, chemical sunscreens, butylated hydroxytoluene and hydroquinone. All of the products are consciously formulated for the health and beauty of the skin, and only contain ingredients that are effective and meet strict safety requirements. EVER Skincare consciously avoids ingredients that are banned in other countries, and never, ever test on animals. All of these efforts create a philosophy they call Conscious Beauty.

I had the opportunity to try EVER and I really loved how it made my skin feel. I actually went to work without makeup and my skin looked great. I even had someone ask me if I had a peel recently. I also have very sensitive skin and I could use this. Usually I’m really weary of trying new products because I break out and they irritate my skin.

For more results and before & after pictures, please click here.

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